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The city of Laconia is the seat of Belknap County, New Hampshire. Located between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, Laconia includes the unincorporated villages of Lakeport and Weirs Beach. Before Laconia was settled by Europeans, a large Abenaki Indian settlement, known as Acquadocton Village, was there, at a point known as The Weirs. A fort was built there in 1746, but settlement was postponed due to ongoing hostilities between the English, French, and Native American populations. Upon settlement, it became known as Meredith Bridge, and was part of Meredith and Gilford. After 1765, lumber and grist mills were built in the area and, in 1822, the county courthouse was constructed, which would become the seat of newly formed Belknap County in 1840. Laconia was incorporated as a town in 1855, and as a city in 1893. Charles A. Busiel, 45th governor of New Hampshire, was once mayor of Laconia.


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