Definition: English fort
seized and destroyed by the French in July 1757. The fort
was at the southern end of Lake Champlain, a battleground
during the war. The fort was important because it gave the
holder command of the Hudson River and northern New York. It
also protected the two other Lake Champlain forts, St.
Frederic and Ticonderoga. The French under the Marquis de
Montcalm overwhelmed the British and forced a surrender. The
terms of the surrender were that the British could leave
peacefully. Native Americans who fought with the French
killed many retreating British, including the sick and
wounded, before they were stopped. Despite this victory,
however, France had a difficult time gaining the upper hand
in the war.
Fort William Henry
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