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Ticonderoga, New York

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By James P. Millard

Aerial photo of Mount Defiance, Ticonderoga New York by America's Historic Lakes Guest Contributors Doug and Mark Harwood

Just southwest of both Ticonderoga and Mt. Independence, this mountain was to play a critical role in the ultimate abandonment of these fortresses. Known as Serpent a Sonnette or Rattlesnake Hill to the French, it was renamed Sugar Loaf Hill by the Americans. Despite the fact that it commanded a view of all the defenses on both sides of the lake, it was deemed too steep to fortify. Despite advice to the contrary by such figures as Benedict Arnold, John Trumbull and Thaddeus Kosciusko, it remained unfortified until the British under Burgoyne exploited this advantage and dragged cannon up its steep slopes. Realizing that a serious blunder had indeed been made, the Americans saw that their position was now untenable and gave up the forts below.

A panoramic view from the summit, view from north to south, Ticonderoga on left, Mt. Independence on right. During the Revolution the two peninsulas were connected by a bridge.
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A view from the Mount towards Ticonderoga Marker at the foot of the hill. Telephoto shot of Ticonderoga Howe grave memorial at base of the hill. Another view from the Mount.

Another panorama from north to south.
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