Birchbark canoe is invented

February 16, 2017


Canadian Museum of History, 36741

1000 BC

About 3,000 years ago, the stone tools associated with making birchbark canoes began to replace those used to make dugouts (the boats themselves have not survived). More easily made, light and portable, birchbark canoes revolutionized transportation in the Eastern Woodlands, and were rapidly adopted by Europeans when they arrived 2,500 years later.

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