The discovery of Niagara Falls is commonly attributed to a French priest, Father Louis Hennepin, who traveled there in 1678 was the first European to document them. Native Americans living in the region were likely the falls' original discoverers.Continue Reading
Father Hennepin was part of a 1678 expedition that traveled to Niagara Falls. After returning to France, Hennepin published an account of his travels in "A New Discovery." The book brought Niagara Falls to the western world's attention, inspiring further exploration of the region.
While Hennepin is given the honor for the discovery of Niagara Falls, Frenchman Samuel de Champlain visited the area as early as 1604 during his exploration of Canada. His journals describe the spectacular waterfalls that his party described to him. There is also some evidence the French Jesuit Father Paul Ragueneau visited the falls in 1643 while working among the Hurons in Canada.Learn more about Bodies of Water
Niagara Falls is the name for the three large waterfalls that straddle the border between the United States and Canada. The name Niagara comes from a Native American word that means thundering water.Full Answer >
Despite unusually cold temperatures during some winters, including that of 1932, Niagara Falls has never actually frozen. Ice forms over the river and icicles form over the falls that create the illusion that the falls are frozen, but the flow of water has stopped only once in 1848. This, however, was due to an ice jam and not because the falls were frozen.Full Answer >
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Niagara Falls is situated on the border of the Canadian providence of Ontario and the state of New York. The Falls consist of three waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls.Full Answer >