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Middle English from Old French from porter to carry from Latin portāre per-2 in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
French, from porter (“to carry").
The portage at this place between the Mohawk river and Wood Creek, which are about 1 m.
In 1796 a canal was built across the old portage between Wood Creek and the Mohawk river.
It is navigable as far as Portage, some 200 m.
His reward for his services was election in 1859 to the Ohio Senate as the member from Portage and Summit counties.
It seems probable that the Wabash-Maumee portage was known to Father Claude Jean Allouez as early as 1680.
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