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

This Is Mohawk Country

Historic New York

This Is Mohawk Country Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Graff, circa June 24, 1997
1. This Is Mohawk Country Marker
Inscription.  The majestic Mohawk Valley has been the scene of many key events which have helped to shape the character and destiny of New York State and the nation. This was once the home of the proud Mohawks, one of the main tribes of the powerful six-nation Iroquois Confederacy. As the main gateway between the Adirondack Mountains, and the Allegheny Plateau, the valley came to be used by French-Catholic missionaries, land-hungry settlers moving west, foreign travelers, French and Indian raiders, British tory, and American troops. During the French and Indian War, and the American Revolution, it was a vital center of action — the main highway for east-west communication and a major point of contact between the contending armies.

The Erie Canal and the New York Central Railroad followed the valley route and gave a new direction to its history. Internal improvements led to intensive settlement and industrial growth. While the valley has changed in many ways over the years, it still retains one element of the past — its incomparable beauty.
Erected 1967 by State of New York Education & Transportation
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, French and IndianWar, US Revolutionary.
Location. 42° 54.18′ N, 74° 28.04′ W. Marker is near Palatine Bridge, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from New York State Route 5, 5.6 miles east of Bridge Street (New York State Route 10), on the right when traveling east. The marker is in a roadside park between Palatine Bridge and Fonda. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Palatine Bridge NY 13428, 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. Connolly Inn (approx. 0.8 miles away); Volkert Vrooman (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Early Home of Major Jelles Fonda (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Erie Canal (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Mohawk Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Erie Canal (approx. 1.4 miles away); Then and Now (approx. 1.4 miles away); History of the Buoy Boat (approx. 1.4 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2015, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 16 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 6, 2015, by David Graff of Halifax, Nova Scotia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 29, 2023