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Drummer of the Compagnies franches de la Marine of Canada, between 1701 and 1716

Caption: Drummer of the Compagnies franches de la Marine of Canada, between 1701 and 1716

Notice the large size of the military side drum used during the 18th century. Contrary to the modern myth of the little drummer boy, European armies of this time period used adults as drummers. No child could have carried and played the instrument. Reconstruction by Michel Pétard.