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Our researches have come up with some interesting facts about pants in the 18th century during the French & Indian War period. Pants were very common in Europe and North America. But the French militiaman or woodman had reoriented their personal preferences to the Indian style, the breechcloth that were worn with or without leggings were in vogue for the summer. The rest of the population, on the other half, had the same taste as their European relatives.
Two major styles were in use, first one is the French Fly that was by far the most popular style and was the one issued by the military in the F&I period. A rough estimate was that 60 to 70% of the pants were French Fly compared to 40 to 30% that were drop front. These figures will slowly change as the F&I give place to the Revolution War. At this time period, the drop front were now 60 to 70% of the general preferences compared to 40% to 30% for the old French Fly. Note that the drop fronts were generally issued for the military during the Revolution War by both sides.
Pants were made out of different kinds of material: cotton, canvas, linen, different weights and grades of wool and even some of the common material founds in the 18th century.
Note that wool pants were generally lined and if not, the person would wear underwear.