Timeline

wdt_ID Date  circa Event  Scope  Region Links 
11800~ Ball and Stick game played by Nations of the interior of British Columbia (Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers)First Nations
origin
21100~ There is evidence that a version of lacrosse played in Mesoamerica or Mexico as early as the 1100sNorth America
31100~Deeply rooted in Native American history, the sport dates back to as early as the 12th century when indigenous people played it for community and religious purposes. It was and still is viewed by many as a gift from the Creator; a game intertwined with enjoyment and healing purposes as the medicine game.First Nations
origin
41600~Lacrosse style religious and/or combative events were played in many different parts of North America. Two of these, "Baggataway" and "Tewaarathon" are perhaps the most documented with Baggataway becoming a recreational game with between 60 and 100 players per side.First Nations
Baggataway
Tewaarathon
origin
51400~Tyendinaga - Birthplace of the Peacemaker: Pacemaker was later to meet MohawksFirst Nations
Baggataway
Mohawk
61636Jesuit Missionary Jean de Brebeuf documents the game of lacrosse (baggataway) at Georgian Bay, OntarioFirst Nations
Baggataway
origin
 Hurons
71630~There is not much early data on lacrosse and that exists (from missionaries such as French Jesuits in Huron country in the 1630s and later English explorers, such as Jonathan Carver in the mid-eighteenth century Great Lakes area) is often conflicting.First Nations
origin
81630~There seems to have been three basic forms of lacrosse — the southeastern, Great Lakes, and Iroquoian.First Nations 
origin
Iroquois
91630~Among southeastern tribes (Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, Yuchi and others), a double-stick version of the game is still practiced. A two-and-a half foot stick is held in each hand, and the soft, small deerskin ball is retrieved and cupped between them.First Nations 
Stickball
equipment
ball
origin
101630~Great Lakes players used a single three-foot stick. terminating in a round, closed pocket about three to four inches in diameter, only a little larger than the ball., In this game, the ball was usually made of wood, charred and scraped to shape.equipment 
stick
ball
111630~The northeastern stick, found among Iroquoian and New England tribes, is the progenitor of all present-day sticks, both in box as well as field lacrosse. The stick for this game was typically more than three feet long and—the shaft ended with a crook which supported a flat triangular surface of webbing equipment
stick
121718Participation of French in lacrosse games noted in great lakes region:First Nations
origin
 Potawatomi  Outaouacs  Hurons
131718Near present day Detroit, Monsieur de Sabrevois, commandant of Fort Pontchartrain, penned a description of the region in 1718. Referring to the Potawatomi village located near the fort, he wrote:First Nations Potawatomi  Outaouacs  Hurons
141718In summer they play a great deal at la crosse, twenty or more on each side. Their bat [crosse] is a sort of small racket, and the ball with which they Play is of very Heavy wood, a little larger than the balls we use in Tennis. ...First Nations
equipment
stick
ball
origin
 Potawatomi  Outaouacs  Hurons
151718All this is very diverting and interesting to behold. Often one Village Plays against another, the poux [Potawatomi] against the outaouacs [Ottawa] or the hurons, for very considerable prizes. The French frequently take part in these games.First Nations Potawatomi  Outaouacs  Hurons
Ottawa
161718(cited in Lacrosse: Michigan's First Team Sport by Larry B. Massie as published in Michigan History Magazine, September/October 1997 available online at: LaxRules.com)First Nations Potawatomi  Outaouacs  Hurons
USA
171763Ojibway Indians use baggataway as a cover to enter and capture Fort MichilimackinacFirst NationsOjibway
181794Match between two native groups results in creation of a basic set of rulesrules
First Nations
origin
191799Salmanaca - Handsome Lake vision occursFirst Nations
201815Onondaga  - Burial place of Handsome LakeFirst Nations
211834Caughnawaga Indians demonstrate the sport at St. Pierre to a large crowd of Montreal spectators and the game is reported by the newspaper.First Nations 
origin
Caughnawaga Mohawk
Montreal
221842First Montreal Olympic Athletic club lacrosse team.Club
origin
Montreal
231843First lacrosse game between Indians and non-Indian teams First Nations
origin
Quebec
241844Montreal's Olympic Club organized a team in 1844, specifically to play a match against a Native American team. Similar games were played in 1848 and 1851.First NationsMontreal
251856The first step toward turning lacrosse into a genuinely organized, modern sport came when the Montreal Lacrosse Club, founded in 1856, developed the first written rules.rules 
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