A View of the Great Cohoes Falls, on the Mohawk River
Artist: Sandby, P.
View of the Great Cohoes Falls in Northern America. The waterfall was named ‘Cohoe’ or ‘Cahoos’ which mean ‘the place of the falling canoe’ by native American Indians. A legend surrounds the falls which tells of the daughter of the chief of the tribe fell asleep in her canoe and drifted over the falls. There are many different versions of the legend. The falls were fist sighted by European explorers and colonists in the mid 17th century. The falls are approximately 70 feet high and it is estimated that they discharge 27,000 cubic feet of water per second. The Mohawk River is the major waterway in the north west of the state of New York. It flows 230 kilometres from Oneida County to the falls into the Hudson River at Albany.