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Historic Lake Champlain Scenic Images
Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain as seen from Mount
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Mount Defiance was to play a critical role in the ultimate abandonment of these Fort Ticonderoga and Mount Independence. 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. For more information and other photos, click here.
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