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“The King of Our Forest”

October 15th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

“the king of our forest; … the symbol of the Canadian people.” is what Jacques Viger the first mayor of Montreal said of the maple. The maple leaf eventually caught on as the nations symbol and was included on the coat of arms for both Ontario and Quebec. In 1867 Alexander Muir composed the patriotic “The Maple Leaf Forever,” which became an unofficial anthem. From 1876 until 1901, the leaf appeared on all Canadian coins, and remained on the penny after 1901. The maple leaf finally became the central national symbol with the introduction of the Canadian flag (designed by George F. G. Stanley) in 1965, which uses a highly-stylized eleven-pointed maple leaf, referring to no specific species of maple. Source: Maple Leaf Wikipedia.org

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  1. October 15th, 2009 at 09:14 | #1

    O, Canada, you’re so wacky.
    Thanks for the ‘obscure’ history lesson. Always wondered why they used the maple leaf but not enough to do the research.

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