French pikeman, circa 1635

Caption: French pikeman, circa 1635

Pikemen’s armour and pikes were sent to Quebec during the 1620s. The armour appears to have been worn by some soldiers until the later 1630s although the pikes were seemingly hardly ever used. In Europe, pikemen were still seen in battlefields in decreasing numbers until they vanished by the end of the century. In America, pikes or halberds might be used by a few ceremonial guards and sergeants but were otherwise not used.