Happy Canada Day "Maple Leaf" by cathrinemitch

Happy Canada Day "Maple Leaf"

Before the coming of the first European settlers, Canada's aboriginal peoples had discovered the food properties of maple sap, which they gathered every spring. According to many historians, the maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700.

In 1834, the St. Jean Baptiste Society made the maple leaf its emblem.

In 1836, Le Canadien, a newspaper published in Lower Canada, referred to it as a suitable emblem for Canada.

In 1848, the Toronto literary annual The Maple Leaf referred to it as the chosen emblem of Canada.

By 1860, the maple leaf was incorporated into the badge of the 100th Regiment (Royal Canadians) and was used extensively in decorations for the visit of the Prince of Wales that year.

Alexander Muir wrote The Maple Leaf Forever as Canada's confederation song in 1867; it was regarded as the national song for several decades. The coats of arms created the next year for Ontario and Quebec both included the maple leaf.

The maple leaf today appears on the penny. However, between 1876 and 1901, it appeared on all Canadian coins. The modern one-cent piece has two maple leaves on a common twig, a design that has gone almost unchanged since 1937.

During the First World War, the maple leaf was included in the badge of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Since 1921, the Royal Arms of Canada have included three maple leaves as a distinctive Canadian emblem. With the proclamation of Canada's new flag in 1965, the maple leaf has become the most-prominent Canadian symbol.

In 1939, at the time of World War II, many Canadian troops used the maple leaf as a distinctive sign, displaying it on regimental badges and Canadian army and naval equipment.

In 1957, the colour of the maple leaves on the arms of Canada was changed from green to red, one of Canada's official colours.

On February 15, 1965, the red maple leaf flag was inaugurated as the National Flag of Canada.
Wow that's a great photo to go with some amazing history of the Maple Leaf :)
July 1st, 2013  
You should tag it with the Try-4-July tag because Maple Leaf is the word of the day today. The tag is jul13words
July 1st, 2013  
@k1w1 Thanks Christine, will do. Have a save and Happy Canada Day.
July 1st, 2013  
Absolutely beautiful. FAV.
July 1st, 2013  
Beautiful! Love the colors and details in the veins.
July 1st, 2013  
love this, and the history.
July 1st, 2013  
Happy Canada Day! Lovely capture and nice history!
July 1st, 2013  
Beautiful tribute to Canada.
July 2nd, 2013  
Very nice.
July 2nd, 2013  
beautiful shot - lovely colours and composition. Thanks so much for explaining about the maple leaf history - found is fascinating!
July 2nd, 2013  
Photo looks great large. Enjoyed it and the story, mad eme want to look into the story behind our silver fern
July 2nd, 2013  
Lovely shot and an awesome story to go with it!
July 2nd, 2013  
this shot truly does capture the beauty of God's creations. Happy Canada Day!
July 2nd, 2013  
Lovely shot and great history
July 2nd, 2013  
@lynne5477 Thank you Lynne for the FAV.
@pflaume @stude73 @sansjuan @skstein @plumtree500 @genesis_one @paula365 @zambianlass Thank you all for all your support and encouragement.
July 4th, 2013  
great grungy looking leaf... nice colour and detail
July 4th, 2013  
@sugarmuser Thank you Sharon.
July 5th, 2013  
gorgeous !
July 6th, 2013  
@sjouk Thank you
July 8th, 2013  
Fav! I really enjoy the narrative and the photo. Deep, rich colors, and intriguing history. :)
July 28th, 2013  
@gratefulness Thank you Sandi for the FAV
July 29th, 2013  
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