Keywords: snowshoe clubs
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
Location: Biddeford; Brunswick
Media: Glass negative
Contributed by: Franco-American Collection
Date: circa 1940
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.