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Canadian Maple Leaf
This paper looks at the evolution and history of the Canadian maple as a symbol of Canada.
# 100254 | 1,100 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2007 in Canadian Studies (Misc.) , Canadian Studies (History, Culture) , History (General)

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In this article, the writer explores the Canadian maple leaf as a symbol. Particularly, the paper looks at the significance of the maple leaf to nineteenth century forebears and how the national flag gradually evolved from prominently featuring the British Union Jack to not featuring it at all. Attention is also devoted to outlining how the maple leaf - unpretentious though it may be - is intended to serve as a symbol of strength and resiliency. The writer notes that ultimately, the maple leaf reveals the spirit of the nation as well as its growth as an independent entity.

From the Paper:

"The maple leaf has always been a potent symbol for Canadian nationalists. For example, as early 1805 - fully 62 years before Confederation - the Quebec Gazette was praising the unprepossessing maple leaf as emblematic of French Canada; the following year, the rival le Canadien pronounced it suitable for the entire fledgling territory of all British North America. Why this might be so is a question which can lead to many different answers, but one of the most compelling ones put forward is that the maple leaf tree was seen by early nineteenth-century nationalists as a sturdy thing which endured storms and the vulnerability of youth to gradually emerge strong, free, and tall and capable of withstanding tempests; for the early nationalists, the tough and resilient maple tree was emblematic of the Canadian people. In fact, the maple leaf was so well-established in the popular iconography that Canadian officials actually wore maple leaf lapels and brooches during official royal visits in the nineteenth century - such as one celebrated visitation from the Prince of Wales in 1860 which was a major social event in Canada."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Canadian Heritage. "The Maple Leaf." Ceremonial and Canadian Symbols: The Symbols of Canada. 16 Jul. 2004. Government of Canada. 8 Nov. 2006 <>
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  • "February 15, 1965: The Canadian Flag is Raised for the First Time." Beaver, 86.1 (2006): 10-11.
  • McCue, Michael W. "The Monarch and the Maple." Beaver, 82.5 (2002): 43-44.
  • "A Rag on a Stick." Canada & the World Backgrounder, 62.4 (1997): 3.

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