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The Association is especially grateful to Paul Rouillard for his enthusiasm and knowledge of the area.Without his help this work would have not seen the light of day.Men, women and children who were taken prisoner were brought back and integrated into the French colony.In 1757, Fort William Henry on Lake George was attacked by the Natives and a massacre ensued.Fertile land is still farmed and one can enjoy a varied landscape dominated with vast open valleys and scenic mountains. This territory would be subdivided by the British colonial administration in the 1790’s when surveying began. In historic times the Eastern Townships were inhabited by the Abenakis but Iroquois probably extended their territory as far as Cowansville.The origin of the Eastern Townships goes back to the old Buckinghamshire County which included lands from south of the St. The Abenakis who were the victims of the English settlements had to abandon their traditional lands further to the south and move several times following periodic wars between French and English colonists. There was another Abenakis settlement in the area, in Swanton, Vermont, at the mouth of the Missisquoi River on Lake Champlain. Francis Mission, the Abenakis had little influence on the landscape of the Eastern Townships as their activities were limited mainly to hunting and fishing camps.
The Potton Heritage Association is proud to join with the many residents and descendants of the early settlers to celebrate this bicentennial.The reading, research of names and places and events, both joy fid and occasionally tragic, has given me a much deeper appreciation of Potton.There is still much to explore and to discover about our past and, in a work of this nature, may I ask the reader to overlook any inaccuracies or omissions.Except for the presence of a few Abenakis, the Eastern Townships remained uninhabited until about 1790.The American Revolution which ended with the treaty of Versailles in 1783 was about to change the course of our history.