The canoe, pirogue & batteau on the frontier By Stanley Nelson
by Stanley Nelson - posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 @ 6:39 am
Historian Dunbar Rowland wrote in his 1907 book — "Mississippi: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons" — that the "words pirogue or canoe were often used interchangeably" during the frontier days.
Rowland said both the canoe and pirogue "were quickly made, but while the canoe was paddled and easily glided up stream, the pirogue was pushed by oars and setting-poles, ran easily with the current, and only ascended the stream by the expenditure of much effort. Both were boats of a primitive and undeveloped period...