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Lake Erie

The greater part of its southern shore was at one time occupied by the Eries, a tribe of Indians from which the lake derived its name. This name is always mentioned by the early French writers as meaning "cat"; Lac du Chat means "Lake of the Cat." Many attribute this reference to the wild cat or panther; the Eries' name for themselves was "The People of the Panther."

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Graphic: Lake Erie, 1749.

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