One of the more common hats worn by men during the sixteenth century and into the seventeenth century was the copotain. Generally black in color and made of a thick felt, the copotain had a medium size brim, ranging between one and three inches, and a tall rounded crown. It was sometimes worn with a hatband, a band made of leather or fabric that ran around the crown just above the brim. Popular throughout Europe from about the 1550s onward, the hat became particularly associated with conservative gentlemen and was later adopted by Puritans, a very conservative, or traditional and opposed to change, Protestant religious group. Puritans wearing the

Popular throughout Europe from about the 1550s onward, the copotain hat first was associated with conservative gentlemen and later was adopted by Puritans. Reproduced by permission of ? .
hat in the British colonies in North America in the seventeenth century often had a simple buckle on the front of their hatband.


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Payne, Blanche, Geitel Winakor, and Jane Farrell-Beck. The History of Costume. 2nd ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.

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