Foundations of America

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Lake Pocotopaug

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Lake Pocotopaug is a census designated place inside of East Hampton Connecticut.  Pocotopaug comes from the Pequot native Americans meaning "lake with pierced islands" most likely because of the pointed shape of the islands.  This large local lake is a popular resort area and is also home to people of East Hampton.  Years before the land was settled by whites the it is said that Pequots felt that they were cursed by an irritable great spirit.  To please the spirit the Chief's daughter was sacrificed and threw herself into the lake.  After that the tribe's shamans declared that no other Pequot will ever be killed on the lake.  Pocotopaug is one of Connecticut's largest inland body of water covering 512 acres.  

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