Little Lake Butte des Morts
|Little Lake Butte des Morts|
Much of the Winnebago Pool from space, July 1996. Lake Winnebago is in the center. Little Lake Butte des Morts is barely visible here, down and to the right of Lake Winnebago. Lake Winnebago runs along a roughly north-south line, with the south end of the lake being toward the top of this image.
|Location||Winnebago County, Wisconsin, United States|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface elevation||about 736 ft (224 m)|
Little Lake Butte des Morts is a lake in the US state of Wisconsin, eight miles north of Lake Butte Des Morts. It is part of the Fox–Wisconsin Waterway and receives its inflow from a short segment of the Fox River which drains from the north end of Lake Winnebago around Doty Island. The north end of Little Lake Butte des Morts becomes the section of the Fox River running to Green Bay. The lake is part of the Butte des Morts region in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. The southern half of the lake is located within the cities of Menasha and Neenah.
The name "Butte des Morts" was given by French settlers, and means "Hill of the Dead" in reference to a nearby Indian burial mound. French archives state that in 1716, over 8000 civilians and over 500 soldiers lived within the fortified walls of Little Lake Butte des Morts. In 1716, during the Fox Wars, French expeditionary forces laid siege to the fort, in the battle of the Siege of Little Butte des Mortes, and massacred most of the inhabitants. Similar events occurred in another siege in 1730.
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