POUND, Arthur American Lakes Series.
Title: Lake Ontario. 1st in dj. signed
Publisher:  Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis and New York, 1945,
Seller ID: 35498
POUND, Arthur. Lake Ontario. Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers, (1945). First Edition. Pp (16),17-384, 22 pp plates. 8vo, green cloth, gold lettering and design. Map endpapers. In the American Lakes Series. A cultural history and travelogue considering human habitation on the shores of Lake Ontario from the pre-contact period to Canadian Confederation. The latter part of the book tours the attractions and developments ofthe contemporary lakeshore. "Lake Ontario was a crucial military frontier until well after the War of 1812. The Iroquois Indians, dominant before thearrival of the white man, maintained a grip on the southern shore of the l ake for more than a century and a half after the first French musket was fired at them, and, as late as the Revolutionary War, the Six Nations were animportant military factor. Dr Pound gives a full account of the origin of the Iroquois, their life, customs and unique political organizations. "The lake's discovery by the French, the growth of the fur trade and the resulting rivalry among the French, the British and the Indians culminating in theFrench and Indian Wars are drama on a gigantic scale. Control of Lake Onta rio was early recognized by the French as the key to the western lakes and the rich Ohio country and, establishing Fort Frontenac at the eastern gateway and Fort Niagara at the west, they added a few schooners to their open bateaux and inaugurated shipping on the lake. "After almost a century of intermittent warfare, Amherst overwhelmed the French forces, and for a decade and a half the British ruled the entire Great Lakes region. No major battles were fought near the lake in the Revolutionary War but it was used as a base for St. Leger's campaign down Lake Oneida into the Mohawk valley. Dr Pound writes with insight and understanding of the migration of the Loyalistsat the end of the war and their part in the settlement and characteristic development of Upper Canada. "There is a modern note of the opéra bouffe struggle for naval supremacy in the War of 1814; Henry Eckford, the shipbuilding genius of his time, produced an American naval vessel in forty-five days from standing timber. The shipbuilding race gave the Americans a victory at least on paper, due to a slight superiority of total tonnage and theoretical fire power, while both sides maneuvred cautiously to avoid a decisvie battle.. "The effect of the building of the Erie Canal on the opening up ofWestern New York, the long struggle to bring about democratic self-governm ent in Canada and the unification of the Dominion complete the historical aspects of Lake Ontario." from the dj. Vg in rubbed, nicked dj. Signed by author. 75.00