Ogdensburgh in St. Lawrence County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Abbe Picquet 1708 -1781
"worth more than ten regiments"
Who ever could convince the Indians to be “on their side" would have an extreme advantage during the Seven Years War (French and Indian War)
Abbe Francois Picquet, founded a French mission called La Presentation on June 1, 1749 present day Ogdensburg, NY.
Born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France in 1708, he was ordained a priest in 1734. He arrived in Montreal that same year, serving as a parish priest until 1739. While there, Abbe Picquet mastered the Algonquin, Sioux, and Huron languages and learned native customs. For the next ten years he lived at Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes Mission (present day Oka, Quebec).
Picquet worked diligently to ensure that the fort had enough funds and was successful in keeping the loyalty of his Christian converts. By 1755 Picquet had earned a number of military honors for his role as a chaplain and advisor. He led Native American attacks at Fort Duquesne, Lake George, Fort Bull, and Oswego.
As North America became colonized by Europeans, the French settled primarily in the area we now know as Canada. During the 1740's the French expanded their territories to the
Native Americans, Indians, were crucial to the war effort for both the French and English. They could move through and survive in the wilderness with ease. Their scouting and war tactics made them extremely valuable as a fighting force.
Picquet was also extremely influential with the Indians from the French perspective. The Governor of New France (Canada) Michel-Ange Du Quesne de Menneville, declared that Picquet was "worth more than ten regiments". Picquet arrived at Van Rensselaer Point in 1749 to provide a suitable place for a Native American village for Christian converts and to build a fort to spy on the English at Fort Oswego.
Picquet is credited with brokering an alliance with the Oneidas. In 1758 he led native forces against the British at Carillon (Ticonderoga). Unfortunately, the French were losing the war. In 1760 Picquet moved to Ile Picquet, then Montreal. He fled Montreal, then went to New Orleans where he remained until 1763. Picquet eventually returned to Bourg-en-Bresse in 1772, dying in Verjon in 1781.
On the British side, Sir William Johnson, (c.1715 -11 July 1774) 1st Baronet
Johnson held a very strong alliance with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederation of Six Nations, which consisted of Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and the Tuscarora tribes.
Image: Sir William Johnson From a plate in "The Old New York Frontier by Francis Whiting Halsey
Center map: From Carte de la Louisiane, by French Cartographer, Guillaume Delisle 1675-1726
Erected by Fort de la Présentation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • War, French and Indian. A significant historical date for this entry is June 1, 1749.
Location. 44° 41.656′ N, 75° 30.166′ W. Marker is in Ogdensburgh, New York, in St. Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Downtown Arterial Highway ( (New York State Route 68) and Albany Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 329 Main St, Ogdensburg NY 13669, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort la Présentation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort de la Présentation - 1749-1759 (about 400 feet away); Fort Lévis - 1760 (about 400 feet away); Fort Oswegatchie 1760-1796 (about 400 feet away); The Battle of Ogdensburg (about 400 feet away); Aka Se We':Ka Tsi (Oswegatchie) (about 400 feet away); America’s Fourth Coast (about 600 feet away); Railroads Come To The North Country (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2020, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.