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Snowshoes, which were described in 1666 as similar to a "Rackett tyed to each foote"use a similar technique to basket-making, and were used by the French, the English and Native peoples to travel through heavy snows. John Sheldon (b.1658) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, was sent three times by Governor Dudley to Canada to retrieve New England captives, some of whom were taken in the Deerfield Raid of 1704. He made his first journey in the winter of 1705 and the last in 1707. He was able to return a total of 113 English captives who had come from different parts of New England.

 

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John Sheldon (1658-1733) Snowshoes

creator   Unidentified
date   c. 1700
location   Unknown
length   33.75"
width   11.5"
process/materials   wood, leather
item type   Personal Items/Clothing - Footwear
accession #   #IR.061


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See Also...

"New England Captives Carried to Canada Between 1677 and 1760 During French and Indian Wars"- Vol. II

Souvenir Snowshoes

Letter to John Sheldon

John Sheldon (1658-1733) House

John Sheldon (1658-1733) House

Letter to John Sheldon


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