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Victor in Ontario County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ganondagan

Town of White

 

—Ganondagon State Historic Site —

 
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By Don Morfe, October 15, 2009
1. Ganondagan-Town of White Marker
Inscription. In the Seneca language, Ganodagen means White Town. In Seneca tradition the color white is linked to the ideas of peace purity and truth. The translation preferred by Seneca today is Town of Peace. Seneca Traditionalists connect this town with the life of Jikonhsaseh, the Peace Mother, one of the founders of the Haudenosaunee, or League of the Iroquois.

The Frenchmen who attacked this town in 1687 called it variously Gannagaro, Ganaguia, Gaensara, and Gazeroare. A Christian Mohawk referred to it as Kohoseraghe. The names are probably Mohawk in origin.

In the 1840s, the Tonawanda Seneca knew this site as Gaosaehgaaah, The basswood bark lies there, or Gaosagao in the basswood country.

Under whatever name, this is the site of one of the four principal towns of the Seneca in 1687. As they were known to the French, Totikton and Gannondata were in the west and Gannagaro and Gannongarae in the east of the Seneca homeland.
 
Location. 42° 57.684′ N, 77° 24.756′ W. Marker is in Victor, New York, in Ontario County. Marker is at the intersection of Broughton Hill Road and New York State Route 444 on Broughton Hill Road. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Ganondagon State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Victor NY 14564, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Don Morfe, October 15, 2009
2. Ganondagan-Town of White Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deohako (a few steps from this marker); Jikonhsaseh (within shouting distance of this marker); Ezra Wilmarth (within shouting distance of this marker); Athasata (Kryn) (approx. 1.5 miles away); Mead Square (approx. 1.5 miles away); Site of Home and Laboratory of Fred M. Locke (approx. 1.5 miles away); Victor Centennial, 1913 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Rochester Area (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Victor.
 
Also see . . .  Ganondagan State Historic Site. (Submitted on December 23, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Ganondagan-Town of White Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 15, 2009
3. Ganondagan-Town of White Marker
Ganondagan-Town of White Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 15, 2009
4. Ganondagan-Town of White Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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