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Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Debuts in the 1800s
A father and his three sons canoe in Berlin, Germany.
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In the 1800s people began to study the early canoes and kayaks of native peoples and started to develop their own designs. This led to a whole new use for canoes and kayaks, one of pure recreation. Canoe clubs began to form and in 1866 the Royal Canoe Club held its first regatta.