My late mother, Letty Evans, wrote about her life for many years, so her legacy of writings goes back to the early 1900s. This blog features her writings, not always in chronological order. Edits, including some of my own comments and memories, appear in italics.
All content including photos is copyright by Ann Griffin, unless otherwise indicated.
Letty lived from August 27th, 1913, to December 24th, 2014.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
My View #97 - Coureurs de Bois (Runners of the Woods)
"Coureurs de bois" were "unlicensed, French or Indian fur trappers roving early frontiers of Canada" (from dictionary.) This is a song they sang as they rowed the rivers in Ontario and Quebec in the 1800s. (They were around much earlier, in the 17th and early 18th Centuries.)So interesting...
Every Canadian school child learns about the coureurs des bois, whose risky, adventurous lifestyle sounds romantic to us in the 21st Century. Read more about them here. They are not the same as the voyageurs of a later time, but both groups opened up the Canadian wilderness to Europeans.