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Near Fonda in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mohawk Area

Historic New York

 
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 1, 2012
1. Mohawk Area Marker
Inscription.  
The Mohawk Valley was a principal pass to the interior between the Adirondack Mountains and the Allegheny Plateau. Here dwelt the Mohawks, one of the Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy who barred the white man's advance westward. In the seventeenth century they were visited by French Catholic missionaries from Canada, some of whom suffered martyrdom. In 1712, with the aid of Queen Anne, an Anglican Chapel for the Mohawks was erected at Fort Hunter.

Trade goods and furs were carried by river boats over the Mohawk between Albany and the West. The same route was followed by military expeditions during the French and Indian War.

From Fort Johnson, and after 1763 from Johnson Hall at Johnstown, Sir William Johnson ably conducted Indian affairs for the British government. During the Revolution, Tory and Indian raiders from Canada harassed the Mohawk Valley settlements.

The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 and the formation of the New York Central Railroad in 1853 introduced an era of rapid settlement and industrial growth. In the twentieth century improved highways follow this historic route, long famed for its scenic
Mohawk Area Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 1, 2012
2. Mohawk Area Marker
beauty.


 
Erected 1961 by New York State Education Department & the Department of Public Works.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Historic New York State series list.
 
Location. 42° 56.698′ N, 74° 19.174′ W. Marker is near Fonda, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker is on New York State Route 5, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in a roadside pull out about 2 1/2 miles east of Fonda. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fonda NY 12068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Danascara Place (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ossernenon (approx. 1.4 miles away); Isaac Jogues (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kateri Tekakwitha (approx. 1.4 miles away); James Shanahan (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Schoharie Aqueduct (approx. 1.6 miles away); Canal Builder (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Mohawk Valley & The Barge Canal (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
Mohawk Area Marker Overlooking the Mohawk Valley image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, September 1, 2012
3. Mohawk Area Marker Overlooking the Mohawk Valley
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 16, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 430 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 16, 2012, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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