Adirondack Mountains, New York State

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The Adirondack Mountains form a massif in the northeast of Upstate New York in the United States. Its boundaries correspond to the boundaries of Adirondack Park. The mountains form a roughly circular dome, about 160mi in diameter and about 1mi high. The current relief owes much to glaciation.HistoryThe earliest written use of the name, spelled Rontaks, was in 1724 by the French missionary Joseph-Fran├žois Lafitau. He defined it as tree eaters. In the Mohawk language, Adirondack means porcupine, an animal that may eat bark. The Mohawks had no written language at the time so Europeans have used various phonetic spellings. An English map from 1761 labels it simply Deer Hunting Country and the mountains were named Adirondacks in 1837 by Ebenezer Emmons.People first arrived in the area following the settlement of the Americas around 10,000 BC. The Algonquian peoples and the Mohawk nation used the Adirondacks for hunting and travel but did not settle. European colonisation of the area began with Samuel de Champlain visiting what is now Ticonderoga in 1609, and Jesuit missionary Isaac Jogues visited the region in 1642.
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  • I don;t know where the previous writer went but it sure wasn't the Adirondack. The mountains may not be 14rs but they are definitely beautiful.  more »
  • A drive in the mountains seemed like a good idea, after too long in the big city and asdmiring the bluffs along the Hudson River valley. My fault, I suppose. I was expecting pointy ones and these are ...  more »
  • Made the fall color drive. Missed the peak, but still enjoyed our visit. So many beautiful trails, lakes and peaks. My wife spent many weeks camping here as a kid. Brought back many good memories for ...  more »

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