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KAMIKS OF THE INUIT
MOCCASINS OF THE FIRST NATIONS
CHANGING STYLES - THE ROLE OF TRADE & VOYAGEURS
SHOES FOR A NEW LAND
SHIPWRECKED SHOES
STYLE IN THE COLONIES - IMPORTED SHOES
LOYALIST SHOEMAKERS
MILITARY SHOES
SHOES MADE IN THE AGE OF THE CRAFTSMAN
CANADIAN FOOTWEAR IN THE AGE OF THE MACHINE
 
His Excellency The Governor General reviewing the troops at Quebec William Hull hands his sword to General Isaac Brock, c. 1833-66
His Excellency The Governor General reviewing the troops at Quebec 108k William Hull hands his sword to General Isaac Brock, c. 1833-66 71k
Officers of the New Brunswick Garrison Artillery 1893 Canadian militia major, Quebec City, 1865-1870
Officers of the New Brunswick Garrison Artillery 1893 76k Canadian militia major, Quebec City, 1865-1870 77k
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Between 1740 and 1815, four wars were fought on the terrain of what is now Canada. Even after this period, British soldiers continued to garrison forts such as Fort York in Toronto, in order to protect the colony and maintain the peace. Invariably, at the start of each war, the call went out for military footwear to equip the often shoeless colonial militia, and to replace boots of the newly arrived British soldiers, whose footwear soon succumbed to the rough conditions of the Canadian wilderness.

Very few original examples of military footwear from this period have survived, since discharged soldiers were usually allowed to keep their boots, and wore them out.

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