No lakes have a greater claim to a place in American history than Lake George and Lake Champlain. During the first two centuries of European habitation, these strategic waterways formed the theater for the struggle for control of North America, first between the British and the French, then between the British and the Americans. Following those wars, the lakes became an important water highway for goods coming from the resource-rich North to the cities on the Atlantic seaboard. Dr. Bellico opens up this fascinating nautical history and covers recent underwater archeological discoveries.
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Sails and Steam in the Mountains: A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain, Revised Edition
About the Book
The lakes, intertwined by history and geography, rank as two of the most significant water routes in the settlement of North America. Philip K. Lundeberg, curator emeritus of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, has suggested that the book is an “outstanding account of the history and archeology of Lake George and Lake Champlain.” Nicholas Westbrook, director emeritus at Fort Ticonderoga, has characterized Sails and Steam in the Mountains as “the most comprehensive to date of the strategic Lake Champlain/Lake George waterway . . . documentary sources.” Peter Sanford, past president of the National Maritime Historical Society called the book “a grand work . . . an exciting story told with verve and authority worthy of the subject.” Sea History concluded that “No one who claims interest in the history of the two lakes “should find their library without this book.” 270 illustrations accompany the narrative.
7.25 x 10 inches