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Fort Wayne in Allen County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Fur Traders and the Military at Fort Wayne

 
 
The Fur Traders and the Military at Fort Wayne Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 30, 2008
1. The Fur Traders and the Military at Fort Wayne Marker
Inscription. The French built Fort St. Philippe (Fort Miamis) west of this area by 1722, to command the land portage here between the Maumee and Wabash Rivers. It was important to the French to protect the area in their political competition with the British as a strategic location for the potential profit from fur trading with the native people Europeans were ready to supply the goods Native Americans wanted, such as metal tools, utensils, weapons, manufactured cloth materials and decorative items. Because beaver was the fur most desired in Europe for hat making and deerskin for leather trappings, the Native Americans had a trading opportunity to utilize. Participating in this trade arrangement changed lifestyles of the native people. Once this lifestyle became a part of their culture, a dependency relationship between the Native Americans and the traders developed. It established an economic and political relationship in this part of the New World that lasted for over 300 years. Native Americans furnished not only furs but also military clout. As allies to either the French or the British, they created a balance of power between the European nations struggling for position in the New World. Eventually, four additional forts were erected here: a second French garrison that later was taken by the British was established northeast of Headwaters Park.
Great Meadow in Headwaters Park image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 30, 2008
2. Great Meadow in Headwaters Park
Several markers along path circling the Great Meadow, looking north with Clinton Street on the extreme left and the Hamilton Women Plaza on extreme distant right of photo. Fountain Plaza area is in right foreground.
This was followed by three American forts near this point. Fort Wayne, built on the high ground overlooking the confluence of the rivers and the Miami town of Kekionga, was dedicated on October 22, 1794. In 1976, a replica of the last fort built by Anthony Wayne was erected within the boundaries of Headwaters Park.
 
Erected by City of Fort Wayne and Superior Essex.
 
Location. 41° 5.109′ N, 85° 8.312′ W. Marker is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in Allen County. Click for map. Marker is one of a series that ring the Great Meadow in Headwaters Park, 333 S. Clinton Street. This marker is about 100 feet east of the Fountain Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Wayne IN 46802, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); Miami Legend of the Sandhill Crane (within shouting distance of this marker); Little Turtle (within shouting distance of this marker); Headwaters Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Effort To Build A Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Flood Retention Walls (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wabash & Erie Canal (about 300 feet away); The Floods (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Wayne.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Old Fort Wayne. (Submitted on March 17, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationForts, CastlesIndustry & CommerceMilitaryNative AmericansNatural ResourcesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,707 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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