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Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the Lake Champlain corridor provided an avenue for military forces moving north and south between Canada to the north and New York and New England to the south. At the dawn of the 19th century, the region once again braced for an anticipated British invasion from Canada. A young naval Lieutenant, Thomas Macdonough, took on the challenge to defend and hold on to Lake Champlain in the face of a Royal Navy bent on controlling Lake Champlain. Learn about Macdonough and his fleet, including the first United States naval vessel Ticonderoga, in this presentation by Rich Strum, Fort Ticonderoga Director of Academic Programs.