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Thomas Jefferson called it "...the most beautiful water I ever saw."1 Along this lovely, mountain rimmed lake have traveled a host of individuals storied in American history- Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison to name but a few. Long before the coming of the first Europeans, the waterway had been an important transportation corridor for Native Americans- Kanyataro'kte'1, it was called by the Iroquois. With the arrival of the Europeans, the beautiful route up the lake quickly became a vital passage for the newcomers as well.
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1 Floyd G. Lounsbury: Iroquois Place-Names in the Champlain Valley. State University of New York, Albany. 1972. Our thanks to Mr. Peter Viechnicki of Silver Spring, MD for bringing the correct form of the name to our attention.
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