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- proper n. A group of five lakes on the United States-Canada border, consisting of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron (Lake Michigan–Huron), Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
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- n. a group of five large, interconnected lakes in central North America
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In brief, Britain abandoned much of the Great Lakes region and fixed the western boundary of the United States at the Mississippi River, tracing a line that generally followed the watershed between the Saint Lawrence River and the Atlantic coast.
For more than a decade, the French had dominated the Great Lakes region of what would eventually be called North America, but unlike the English and Spanish, the French tended to view the New World in terms of its spoils-furs, fish, Christian converts, and a possible westward route to the Indies-rather than as a place to build homes, towns, and a new life.
Under the leadership of La Salle, the Franciscans Hennepin, de la Ribourde, and Membré penetrated to the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls in 1680 and the following years.
In North America, French and British commercial interests confronted each other on the seaboard of Acadia extending from Nova Scotia northwestward to the Saint Lawrence basin; the area about Lake George and Lake Champlain along the Hudson-Saint Lawrence river route between New York and Montreal; the Great Lakes basin; and the Ohio Valley, which Virginia claimed even as the French moved to secure their access from the north.
Since 1970, Kennard has helped find more than 20 wrecks in the Great Lakes and about 180 others in Lake Champlain, New York's Finger Lakes and the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.
Thank God there was no abatement of their infant industries until the call to arms; and today this scorned command is answered from ocean to ocean, from the Great Lakes to the Great Gulf, in the shrieking of ten thousand engines; in the whirl of burnished steel, in the ceaseless turning of innumerable wheels.
On a different train we would follow a more northern line of tracks, skirting the edge of the Great Lakes and on across the widest part of New York State to Albany, then into Massachusetts and the Berkshire Mountains, and finally to Boston.
Considering “the savage condition of the tribes which inhabit the Nile basin,” that they had “neither government, nor laws, nor security,” that “humanity enforces the suppression of the slave-hunters,” and that “the establishment of legitimate commerce throughout those countries will be a great stride towards future civilisation,” Baker was to “subdue” the territory, introduce “regular commerce”; open the Great Lakes to navigation; and establish “a chain of military stations and commercial depots” between Gondokoro and Lake Victoria.30