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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Isle La Motte in Grand Isle County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

A Place Of Pilgrimage

A Place Of Pilgrimage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joe Harness, July 17, 2011
1. A Place Of Pilgrimage Marker
Inscription. Many centuries before Samuel de Champlain's July 1609 landfall, Isle La Mottte had been a meeting place for the lake's neighboring native peoples. The Wonbanakiak on the eastern shore called the land Bitawbagw, or "the waters between," while the Iroquois (Mohawk) of the western shore knew it as Caniaderiguarunte, the "gateway to the country."

In 1666, French captain Pierre de Saint Paul, Sieur de la Motte, was detailed with 300 men to construct a fort on this site, for defense against the English and Iroquois. Upon completion, the fort was blessed and dedicated to Saint Anne. In their wake, the soil here has been trod by many a landing party, but few have stayed very long. Generations of pilgrims have left only a handful of relics in the earth, but they have filled the air with prayer and memories.

"I remember." "Je me souviens." "Nemikwaldamnana." The landing is a shrine to memory, whose "remains" live deep within each of us. Landings are always a meeting ground of the known and the unknown. Standing here at this landing, poised for the 400th anniversary of Champlain's pilgrimage, what new acts of remembering will we perform.
Erected by Lake Champlain Historic Landings Heritage Trail.
Location. 44° 54.016′ N, 73° 20.891′ W. Marker is in Isle La Motte, Vermont, in Grand Isle County. Marker is on West Shore Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Isle La Motte VT 05463, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of French Fort Ste. Anne (a few steps from this marker); Samuel de Champlain Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Sweet's Ferry (approx. 1.2 miles away); Point au Fer Historic Site (approx. 3 miles away in New York); The "White House" (approx. 3.1 miles away in New York); Theodore Roosevelt's Visit to Isle La Motte (approx. 3.8 miles away); Site of First School House (approx. 5.8 miles away in New York); Historic Lake Islands - Samuel De Champlain (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Isle La Motte.
Additional keywords. Spiritual, religious.
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationForts, CastlesNative Americans

Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joe Harness of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 63 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Joe Harness of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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