Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey as Vermont celebrates Champlain in 2009.
2009 will mark the 400th anniversary of when French explorer Samuel de Champlain traveled by canoe up the Richelieu River and came upon a lake spanning 120 miles in length and 12 miles in width. The lake, called “Bitawbagok” by its early Abenaki inhabitants, was renamed by Samuel de Champlain when he visited the region in July 1609. Vermont will commemorate this historic event in 2009 with festivals, pageants, exhibits, performances and much more.


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