Oswego in Oswego County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Fur Trade
A Fur Trading Post
Bountiful fur-bearing animals provided the foundation for a robust fur trading business between European explorers and the Native American inhabitants of the Oswego River corridor. The Native Americans camped and established seasonal trading posts at several points on the Oswego River, including one at the mouth of the river.
The Winter Trade
Native and newcomers exchanged the products of their labor in the trading posts that were built along the west bank.
Fort Oswego: A Stone House of Strength
To safeguard the fur trade at Oswego, in the spring of 1727, Governor William Burnet sent carpenters and masons to Oswego to build a fortification, or as he put it, "... a stone house of strength." Although it was named Fort Oswego, it was also referred to as Fort Pepperell, Fort Burnet and Chouaguen, which was the French name for Oswego.
Bertram's Map of Oswego, 1743
John Bartram, the noted botanist, gave the following account of his visit to the seventy-house settlement at Oswego:
"... one-half are in a row near the river, the other half opposite to them. Between were two streets divided by a row of posts in the midst, where each Indian has his house to lay goods, and where any trader may traffic with him."
By the mid 18th century the
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
Location. 43° 27.331′ N, 76° 30.411′ W. Marker is in Oswego, New York, in Oswego County. Marker is on East 1st Street north of East Mohawk Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This marker is located in the downtown area, on the high ground overlooking the East side of the Oswego River, across the street from the old armory building (157 East 1st Street), along the O & W Railroad Pedestrian Promenade & Bikeway, under a canopy, with seven other Seaway Trail markers. Marker is in this post office area: Oswego NY 13126, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War for Empire (here, next to this marker); Seaway Trail (here, next to this marker); People of the River (a few steps from this marker); Early Shipping (a few steps from this marker); Age of Iron Horses River Industries (a few steps from this marker); The Oswego Canal (a few steps from this marker); Bicentennial Peace Garden (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Oswego.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.