Seeing Niagara Falls for the first time
Niagara Falls didn’t always exist. It came to being roughly 18,000 years ago when the water from melting glaciers paved a new river on solid land. It’s difficult to pinpoint when people first made contact with Niagara Falls. Although Native Americans relied heavily on the falls for sustenance, they didn’t leave any records about which tribe came across the Falls and when. Our guess is as good as anyones.
The first records date back to 1602, when the French explorer Samuel de Champlain made his way to the area. However, it wasn’t for another seven decades until Father Louis Hennepin described the Falls that the site’s popularity became more widespread.