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History of Lake Champlain

We've put together a brief history of the Champlain Valley, focused on Lake Champlain and its uses. It is by no means complete, and we are constantly adding to it as we increase our knowledge of this region, through our research and archaeological projects.

Native American Occupation (Prehistoric - 1609)

Contact Period (1609 - 1664)

French & British Military Conflict (1664-1763)

Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

War of 1812 (1812-1815)

Commercial Era (1823-1845)

Recreational Period (1945-Today)

Champlain Bridge (1929 - 2009)