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The word "Onguiaahra" appears on maps as early as 1641. Both it and the later version "Ongiara" are Indian words generally interpreted as meaning "The Straight", athough the more romantic "Thunder of Waters" is sometimes given. By the time the first white man arrived at the Falls, the name in general use was "Niagara".

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In 1841 the first recorded "photograph" of Niagara Falls was a daguerrotype made by H.L. Petterson of newcastle, England who was commissioned by Parisian publisher Noel Marie Herebours.

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Charles Dickens visited Niagara Falls in 1841. On viewing the Canadian Falls from Table Rock he wrote, "Niagara was at once stamped upon my heart, an Image of Beauty; to remain there, changeless and indelible, until its pulses cease to beat, forever."

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Niagara Falls can boast a succession of firsts, each of which mirrors the times; the first museum in North America; the first railway suspension bridge in the world; the first use of public money to expropriate land for public parks; the first hydro-electric power development in history.

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The Maid of the Mist II played a role in a spectacular and historic event on July 9, 1960. The Maid's crew rescued 7 year old Roger Woodward after he was accidentally swept over Niagara Falls clad only in a bathing suit and life preserver. Roger is the only known human being to go over Niagara falls accidently and survive!

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The American Falls stopped flowing from September 12, 1969 until November 26, 1969. During this time a coffer dam, constructed of rock and fill was built above the Falls diverting water to the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. The diversion was carried out by the United States Army Corp. of Engineers to study posible remedial works that could be undertaken to stabilize rock fall in this area. After seven years of studying the results, it was decided not to interfere with the natural condition of the Falls and the process of erosion and recession should not be interupted.

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The Niagara Parks Commission in 1995 purchased 257 hectares (636 acres) of historical property above the Falls. It is here the Battle of  Chippawa took place on July 5, 1814 between the British and the United States Armies. The U.S. regulars wearing a new uniform of grey drove the british units back.

Years later, when officials were choosing a colour for the cadet uniform at the United States Military Academy at West  Point,  this same grey, worn at a victorious battle in "Far off Canada" was their choice. Chippawa Grey is worn to this day by West Point cadets.

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Canada contains or shares with the U.S., seven of the world's 14 largest lakes. It is home to three of the world's 20 longest rivers, the world's oldest exposed rock, the world's largest supply of fresh water and some of the world's richest mineral deposits.

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