Lake George

Geographic position

43.6222° N, 73.5466° W


Occom’s Ordination


General note

Lake George is located in upstate New York, north of Albany. The Mohawks called the lake Andiatarocté, and the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) used the lake for hunting, fishing, and traveling to the lands of their northern enemies. In 1646, Jesuit missionary Father Isaac Jogues saw the lake and named it Lac du Saint Sacrement. European powers fought over this area throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, and the lake served as the location of a battle during the French and Indian War, pitting Sir William Johnson of England against Baron Dieskau of France. Ultimately, Johnson won, and in 1755 he renamed the body of water Lake George in honor of the king of England. In 1780, Tories and their Indian allies defeated revolutionary forces in a battle near Lake George. In a 1756 letter to Wheelock, Occom writes that the Haudenosaunee Indians around Lake George urged him to leave the area, fearing that Native Americans allied with the French during the French and Indian War might be upset by his continued presence. In a 1758 letter to Wheelock, Samuel Buell refers to the generosity of his people in having sent oxen and steers to “our Army at Lake-George.”