Battle of Lake George

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Historical Context Note


Lake George runs for some 32 miles (54km) north-south through former Iroquois territory in the Adirondack mountains of Upper New York State, draining north into Lake Champlain. To the south, a narrow watershed separates the lake from the Hudson valley, and during the French and Indian Wars domination of the lake became very important to the British and the French since the waterways provided the French and their Indian allies with an invitation to fall on New York City and divide the colonies. The lake had been named Lac du Saint Sacrement by the French in 1649 but on 28 August 1755 the southern end was occupied by Sir William Johnson and British forces. Johnson renamed the lake “Lake George” and built Fort William Henry t…

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Citation:
Editors. "Battle of Lake George". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2008; last revised 28 April 2009.
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=4112, accessed 28 August 2015.]


Related Groups

  1. Seven Years' War in North America: French and Indian Wars