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In 2009 the region celebrates the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain by Samuel de Champlain. 100 years earlier, Vermont, New York and Quebec invited the world to come see and celebrate what the intrepid French Explorer had found— a rich and beautiful place which had been inhabited by native peoples for generations before. This is Part II of the story of those festivities.
Not since it was the site of vast military encampments had Crown Point been the scene of such activity. Anchored off shore was the impressive new steamer Ticonderoga, the steam yacht Valcour, and the replica of Champlain's ship, Don de Dieu. There were even small vessels from the United States Navy in attendance. Filling the narrow channel was a host of smaller vessels, each filled with onlookers anxious to see the notables in the crowd.
Earlier that morning, a "sham battle," the precursor to today's re-enactments, had taken place. At 1:30 the guns of the naval ships had announced the arrival of the Governors of New York and Vermont. Following speeches by the assembled dignitaries the tenth regiment of the New York National Guard was reviewed by Governor Hughes. After the review there were "Indian Pageants", and a fireworks display that evening2.
The Governors, Commissioners and other distinguished guests left that evening for Ticonderoga. In the meantime, back at Plattsburgh exciting things were happening...
1 THREE CENTURIES IN THE CHAMPLAIN VALLEY: A COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL FACTS AND INCIDENTS- TERCENTENARY EDITION. 1909: Compiled and Edited by Mrs. George Fuller Tuttle. Saranac Chapter, D.A.R. Plattsburgh, NY.
2 The Champlain Tercentenary: Report of the New York Lake Champlain Tercentenary Commission.1911:Prepared by Henry Wayland Hill, LL.D., Secretary of the Commission. Albany: J.B. Lyon Company, State Printers.
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