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Vermont (Volume 1); The Green Mountain State

Vermont (Volume 1); The Green Mountain State

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Excerpt from book: At one time, apparently, the hunting grounds of the Mohawks included what is now southwestern Vermont, and the region, probably, was the scene of many conflicts between the warring Mohawks and Mghicans during a period including approximately, the years from 1540 to 1670. The mountain passes leading from the Hudson valley to Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River very likely had been used as Indian trails from time immemorial. The summer of 1668, according to tradition, saw a desperate conflict between the Mohawks and the Mohicans, and the latter, driven up the Hoosac valley, are said to have taken refuge in a narrow pass in the present town of Pownal, beneath what is known as the Weeping Rocks. It is said that the Mohicans cherished the belief that they would not be conquered until "the rocks wept," and here, beneath the dripping rocks of this mountain pass of Pownal, nearly all of the Mohicans were massacred. The following year, 1669, the tables were turned, and the Mohicans defeated the Mohawks. Title deeds are in existence confirming patents of their hunting grounds in the Walloomsac and Battenkill valleys. It is said that Mohican warriors usually spent their winters in the valleys of the Hoosac and Housatonic Rivers, and that their campgrounds included the Walloomsac and Battenkill passes of Manchester and Arlington, and a camp near the junction of Washtub Brook and the Hoosac River west of Kreigger Rocks, in Pownal. Their planting grounds included the region around the junction of the streams last mentioned, and Mifr if out /finer. JhffJft.r Jtn n,, II far the land in the vicinity of the headwaters of the Wal- loomsac and the Battenkill, respectively. George Sheldon, the well-known Massachusetts historian, is authority for the statement that a powerful ...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217414630
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 7 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 021741463X
Publisher Date: 07 Jan 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 134
Series Title: English
Weight: 254 gr
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