Five Nations History
History Behind The Name “Five Nations”
Five Nations was the name given to this property as a private club under the ownership of the legendary Mike Hayes. Mike was a dear friend to Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Country Club. He chose the name Five Nations in reference to the Five Nations confederacy of Iroquoian indians that consisted of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca that played such a pivotal role in our nations history including the “Battle on Snowshoes” that took place in our back yard. The 1758 Battle on Snowshoes occurred on March 13, 1758, during the French and Indian War. It was fought by members of British Ranger companies led by Robert Rogers against French troops and Indians allied to France. The battle took place near Lake George, now in northern New York, but then in the frontier area between the British province of New York and the French province of Canada.. The battle was given its name because the British combatants were wearing snowshoes. Rogers led a band of about 180 rangers and regulars out to scout French positions. The French commander at Fort Carillon (called Ticonderoga by the British) had been alerted to their movement, and sent a force consisting mostly of Indians to meet them. In fierce fighting, the British troop was decimated, with more than 120 casualties. The French believed that Rogers was killed in this action, as he was forced to abandon his regimental jacket, which contained his commission papers, during his escape from the scene. This battle gave rise to the tale that Rogers escaped capture by sliding 400 feet (120 m) down a rockface to the frozen surface of Lake George. That rock is now known as Rogers Rock or Rogers Slide.