Arrivals by Robert Griffing
By the middle
of the 18th century, activity in the Champlain Valley area increased,
as both France and Great Britain laid claim to this beautiful valley
with its crystal clear lakes. The English pushed as far north as
the lower end of Lake George and built Fort William Henry. The French
came down from Montreal to Crown Point, where they built Fort St.
Frederic, then continued south and built Fort Carillon at Ticonderoga.
explorers, traders and armies passed up and down the lakes in a
steady stream, camping on the islands whenever possible to avoid
detection from the mainland. A hunting party from Ticonderoga makes
camp on an island sanctuary. As they finish their meal, two exhausted,
hungry warriors who had been separated from the group finally meet
up with their companions. As they draw closer, the sight of their
friends and the smell of roasted venison and pipe tobacco remind
them of a simpler, more quiet time.