“Due to the nature of the mythology of the area around the lake, natives cautioned european settlers to stay away from what they considered the spirits’ territory. However, the colonists were undeterred and instead of heeding the warning forced the natives out of the area in a series of violent skirmishes. Only a few years after the effort to colonize the area began the initial wave of settlers were entirely wiped out by a plague believed to be an influenza epidemic. While little documentation of this period remains, the few extant records suggest a scene of mass death and hallucination due to the high fevers of those suffering the illness. The natives, meanwhile, were driven to…”