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“A French priest came to an Indian town called Ongniaahra, ‘point of land cut in two’, because it stood near Lake Ontario, where a wide river cut through the land. Farther up this river, the Indians said, was a waterfall; but the priest did not go to look at it, probably thinking all waterfalls were alike. The French remembered the name of that town, and called the river after it, and later the waterfall. But they twisted it on their tongues until it became Ongiara and finally Niagara.”

- Names on the Land, 1967, by George R. Stewart


Going to include this in a print sale in the fall. Let me know if you're interested.

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Uploaded on December 6, 2010