Windows on to history at Fort Ticonderoga. 

A few photos digitally enhanced from this past weekend at Fort Ticonderoga.  

Fort Ticonderoga and Saratoga are link along this pathway of war.  The strategic Richelieu-Champlain-Hudson corridor was not only the setting for the well-known military campaigns and battles of the 18th and 19th centuries, it also served as an important venue for exploration and settlement, a setting for revolution and defiance, and a place of societal and governmental evolution. The early inhabitants of the region—the Mohawk, Abenaki and Mahican people—had their own history, traditions and culture long before the arrival of French explorer Samuel de Champlain and English (employed by the Dutch) explorer Henry Hudson in 1609
Claimed by France to the north, the Netherlands—and later Great Britain—to the south, the strategic corridor was contested by the European powers for 150 years after Champlain’s visit. Following the British triumph in the French and Indian War in 1763, the Union Jack flew over the entire region. The Americans and British vied for control of the important corridor in the first years of the Revolutionary War. The decisive American victory at Saratoga in 1777 convinced the French that they should ally themselves with the new democracy. When the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, the British retreated into Canada, only to return during the War of 1812. Another American victory at the 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh helped secure a lasting peace between the two nations.


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