Louis Hennepin – The First Explorer who Discovered Niagara Falls

We all know that the United States has countless of stunning and historic destinations to enjoy. These places are continuously grabbing the attention of millions of worldwide tourists because they offer unforgettable beauty and experiences. Of course, there are places in America that offer instant access to visit and enjoy the beautiful country of Canada as well.

For many people who want a memorable vacation getaway, one of the most interesting and breathtaking destinations to visit is the Niagara Falls. Without any doubt, this is one of the most famous and toured places on earth and anyone who sees the entire area will not hide its stunning beauty and natural scenery. Moreover, this is a perfect spot for people who want to enjoy both the US as well as Canada.

Of course, Niagara Falls has its own interesting history even before it became popular worldwide. This is the reason why more and more people are interested about it and include it in their future dream vacation destinations.

According to history, the first explorer to discover the Niagara Falls is Father Louis Hennepin from France back in December 1678. He is actually a native of Hainaut in Belgium (formerly Ath – Spanish Netherlands) and a priest of the Roman Catholic as well as a Franciscan REcollet order. In addition, he is a famous explorer who discovered the North America’s interior places before.

Due to his exploration, the entire region became a popular stronghold of France and they started to build forts at the Niagara River’s mouth. Because of this, the French had great control of the area and took over the Great Lakes. As detailed through niagarafallsusa.com, the restoration of the fort happened in year 1926 until 1934 and this gave way for the tourists to discover the Old Fort Niagara (the historic fort present-day name).

This particular historical fort is now presenting various livelihood programs for the people, aside from being an interesting destination in learning about the 18th century.

The Niagara Falls is actually a collective region that features the lifestyle of Native Americans, whom they believed the first ever residents of the place. It features three important names based on the existing waterfalls, which represents the historic border of America and Canada. As stated through Wikipedia, these waterfalls include the Bridal Veil Falls (smallest), American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls (biggest of the 3).

The location of the Horseshoe Falls is within the border of Canada and United States and it plays a significant role in determining the kind of relation that the two countries have.

According to the published information also, the Niagara Falls is a significant for the creation of the hydroelectric power in the City of Niagara. To continue the development of the place, Nikola Tesla made a decision to create an alternating current system in transmitting power coming from the Niagara River in 1896. This kind of idea gave way in providing many houses and businesses in the city the right amount electricity for their daily usages.

In addition, this is the beginning of the Schoellkopf Power Station and Niagara Gorge Discovery Center. Based on the recorded data now, the power plants are producing almost 2.5 million kilowatts of electricity that continuously benefiting millions of Canadians and Americans.

Historically, the discovery of Father Louis Hennepin started the many ideas in the success of the Niagara Falls, United States and Canada. He was able to explore the North American region and revealed the world about the beauty of the falls. Hennepin is also the discoverer of Saint Anthony Falls (now recognized as the Minneapolis).


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