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Lake Champlain, Lake George, and Richelieu River
By James P. Millard

PART I (b)-New France and New England:
King George's War
Time span 1740-1753

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King George's War: 1744-1748

King George's War is begun between Britain and France. The short and tenuous peace is over.


January 16
"In Cornwall, Ct. was born Levi Allen, brother of Ethan, "by his own acknowledgement a very obstinate and wayward boy," the only tory in the family for which his large landed estate in Vermont, on complaint of his brothers Ethan and Ira, was confiscated and sold. He lived afterwards in Canada and England but finally returned to Burlington where he died in 1801, though he called himself a citizen of the world..."**


January 20
"The detachment under Mr. St. Luc la Corne for the protection of Fort St. Frédéric left Montreal between the 20th and 25th."**

January 31
"Captain Desabrevois has been detached with Chevalier de Niverville, ensign, and 53 Iroquois to the South river in Lake Champlain, on occasion of an alarm..."**


French raiding parties from Fort St. Frédéric terrorize New England and New York. Lt. Col. Michel Marin leads an expedition to the Saratoga region where he sets villages ablaze and takes hundreds of prisoners. Fort Number 4 in Charleston, New Hampshire is attacked 5 times in 1746. There is much talk but no significant action on the part of the British to end these forays of destruction.


France and England sign the Treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle which officially ends King George's War.


July 2
"Arrival at Fort St. Frédéric of Prof. Peter Kalm, the Swedish traveller, who recently had a narrow escape from a band of Indians. The French commandant, M. Lusignan, received him cordially and Kalm had a chance to examine the fort and the comfortable homes of retired soldiers, which had sprung up around it. He found the vegetation withered or greatly  retarded in growth by a severe drought, as no rain had fallen since spring."**

July 19
"Prof. Kalm and his party, with ample provisions which had been supplied by Gov. Lusignan, sailed away from Fort St. Frederic(k) [Frédéric] on the first yacht built on the lake, which that year made regular trips to St. Johns. At two points, (probably Point au Fer and Windmill Point) Kalm saw evidences of a small settlement but some distance after entering the Richelieu the country was uninhabited without interruption."**


"All the land along the lake shore in the north part of the County having been granted in Seigniories by the French Government, and the grantees having failed to make any permanent improvement, all these grants were declared forfeited."**

November 1
"A seigniory along the lake and including Chazy River was granted to Sieur Bedue [Bedout]. John La Fromboise is said to have settled on this seigniory [in 1768]***and to have remained through life...". Some of his descendants are still residents in the vicinity. On the accession of the English, the claims of all these seigniories were refused, and on the retreat of the French army to Canada, all the French settlements on the lake, except that of La Frombois, were abandoned."**



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