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2022-02-06 12:38:37

How did the maple leaf end up on the canadian flag?

How did the maple leaf end up on the canadian flag?

Contrary to popular belief, the official Canadian symbol should not be considered any maple leaf, but the one that belongs to the sugar maple - this is a North American endemic that does not grow anywhere outside the United States and Canada. It is used to make the famous maple syrup.

This is all interesting, but how did it happen that such an unassuming object received the status of a national symbol, a sign of the statehood of Canada?

A brief excursion into the history of the issue

This leaf can be seen on the great variety of power and economic attributes of the country. In the XIX century, it was printed on coins, some banknotes and stamps, and in 1965 it officially decorated the Canadian flag, although on the previous version at the bottom of the Norman shield there were three maple leaves of red color on a white background.

When a discussion about symbolism began in 1965, various proposals were made. To understand why the leaflet won, it is necessary to study dozens of volumes of transcripts of the relevant heraldic commissions and parliamentary hearings.  If you believe the simplified version, the government decided that the country should be represented by what is its peculiarity, a "chip", as they would say now. And the Canadian maple copes with this task with a bang.

An important fact was that real syrup from sugar maple can be made only in this country, which is actively engaged in its export around the world. It sounds funny in itself, but enterprising Canadian gentlemen used heraldic symbols to promote their export products. Who else can boast of such foresight?

What do the colors mean?

The maple leaf is painted bright red not because it appears to us in the autumn period, decorating the ground with a carpet of colorful leaves. This is a tribute to british power and the national colors of the British flag, because it was the English who were the first to conquer these lands (minus Quebec and Nova Scotia: in the first case it was the French, and in the second – the still independent kingdom of Scotland at that time). Now this symbol embodies, among other things, the unity of the nation.

Two stripes of red symbolize the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and white - Canada proper.

Fun fact!

Maple leaf adorned the first private company in this part of the North American continent, Saint-Jean-Baptiste, founded in 1834. It was engaged in the trade of colonial goods.

In 1868, the popular symbol was added to the coats of arms and flags of a number of Canadian provinces, including Ontario and Quebec. In addition, even before the formal declaration of independence, it became a symbol of one of the departments of Canada - the agency for strategic forest management.

Paying tribute to Canadian pragmatism (not everyone will guess to use national symbols to promote the products of their country in the foreign economic arena), we should not forget that maple leaves are very beautiful in autumn, and in spring too. Painted in various colors, among which the dominant is purple-red.

During the holidays and world hockey competitions, Canadians decorate their crimson leaf with outerwear, their housing, as well as decorative elements. Especially frantic fans make tattoos or paint their physiognomy, depicting maple leaves on it.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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