Voyageurs had pensions?!

Voyageurs had pensions?!

Voyageurs had pensions?!  Who’d a thunk it? A while back I wrote a blog post about perusing a website listing info from 35,000 voyageur contracts. Near the bottom of some contracts I found this intriguing line: “s’oblige de contribuer d’ un par cent sur ses...
Why Voyageurs Chose the Dash of a Red Sash

Why Voyageurs Chose the Dash of a Red Sash

What’s the red sash about? Were they always red? Did voyageurs wear sashes for any other reason than decoration? Could different brigades have matching sashes, like our team uniforms?  Bryce, 16; Deenah, 15; Keira, 11 The colorful wide woven sash is truly a...
What REALLY happens at a rendezvous?

What REALLY happens at a rendezvous?

What was it like at a rendezvous? Could we still see what happened? Would it be safe for kids? (Taya and Brinn, age 13) In the 1800s, voyageurs celebrated for most of July at the rendezvous. After six weeks (or more) of paddling full-tilt from either Lachine with...
What are high wines anyway?

What are high wines anyway?

What are high wines anyway? Are they different from other wines? Why did voyageurs trade them, especially if they caused so many problems? (Kathy, adult; Mary, adult; Sullivan, 9) High wines is a fancy title for cheap, and probably high-proof, alcohol. High wines were...

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