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Item 33642

Title: Congres National de Raquetteurs, Biddeford, 1979

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1979

Location: Biddeford

Media: Ink on paper

Item 33649

Title: Program, Congres International des Raquetteurs, Lewiston, 1985

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1985

Location: Lewiston

Media: Ink on paper

Item 33647

Title: Program, Congres International des Raquetteurs, Lewiston, 1982

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection

Date: 1982

Location: Lewiston

Media: Ink on paper

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Jacques Cartier snowshoe club, ca. 1925

Les Raquetteurs

In the early 1600s, French explorers and colonizers in the New World quickly adopted a Native American mode of transportation to get around during the harsh winter months: the snowshoe. Most Northern societies had some form of snowshoe, but the Native Americans turned it into a highly functional item. French settlers named snowshoes "raquettes" because they resembled the tennis racket then in use.