Lake George History

“Fort William Henry was constructed at the southern end of Lake George in 1755 by Major-General William Johnson and a group of colonial volunteers.  The British military strategists designed the fort as a key installation in the northern defense of the colony of New York.  It would also serve as a launching point for future military operations against the threatening French empire to the north.  Finally, the fort would guard the portage between the waters of Lake George and the Hudson River to prevent any large scale French invasion.”

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