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Benedict Arnold's Legacy: Tales from Lake Champlain

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Art Cohn describes the pivotal 1776 naval contest between Great Britain, at the time the greatest Naval power on earth, and the fledgling United States of America. The American fleet was under the command of the intense, charismatic and flawed General Benedict Arnold when the two fleets met on October 11th, 1776 for a battle that would help define the outcome of the war. The two combatants fought over three-days and 70-miles of Lake Champlain.

The battle for control of the lake left an archaeological legacy in Lake Champlain, Cohn said. The talk presented the discovery of the gunboat Spitfire, Arnold's last unaccounted for gunboat from the Battle of Valcour Island, and the complex management plan being completed to decide its future.

Art Cohn is the co-founder and first director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, based in Ferrisburgh. A professional diver and tugboat captain, Art has coordinated and participated in Lake Champlain’s archaeological projects for the past three decades. Cohn has a B.A. in sociology from the University of Cincinnati, a J.D. from Boston College Law School and is a long-time member of the Center for Research on Vermont.

This talk was given at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Center for Research on Vermont.

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