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Champlain and Rouses Point

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Champlain [dead link] and Rouses Point are a pair of adjacent villages in Northern New York on the Canada-US border. The villages, 20 miles (30km) north of Plattsburgh and 40 miles (60km) south of Montréal, are the northernmost in New York (state).

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Fort Montgomery, the second fortress at Rouses Point

Due to its proximity to the border, the area served as a staging point during the War of 1812. Plattsburgh, a city twenty miles to the south, had fended off a British-Canadian attack shortly after dawn on 11 September 1814, in the final days of the war.

The first, un-named attempt at constructing a US fort directly on the border in 1816 became known as "Fort Blunder" as a surveying error placed the fortifications 3/4 of a mile into Canadian territory. After the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 placed Island Point in the US a second fort, Fort Montgomery (Lake Champlain), was built between 1844 and 1871. The guns from the second fortress were dismantled in the early 1900s.

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Delaware & Hudson railroad station
By car
I-87 (Québec autoroute 15) passes through Champlain on its way from New York City to Montréal and the Laurentians. US-11 passes through both Champlain and Rouses Point northbound to Contrecoeur/Sorel.
By rail
Amtrak operates a small station at Delaware & Pratt Streets in Rouses Point, on the "Adirondack" line between Montréal and New York City
By boat

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Routes through Champlain and Rouses Point
MontrealAiga immigration.svg  N Amtrak Adirondack icon.png S  PlattsburghAlbany (Rensselaer)
MontrealLacolleQuebec Autoroute 15.svgAiga immigration.svg  N I-87.svg S  PlattsburghAlbany
END  W US 2.svg E  Grand IsleBurlington
END  N US 9.svg S  PlattsburghAlbany
ContrecoeurSaint-Jean-sur-Richelieu ← becomes Qc223.svgAiga immigration.svg  N US 11.svg S  MaloneWatertown


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