“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Webster in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Irondequoit Bay

Gateway to the Continent


—Maritime History —

Irondequoit Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 23, 2017
1. Irondequoit Bay Marker
Where the Lake Turns Aside.
This is the meaning of the Native American word from which the name Irondequoit was derived. Native people used the bay for access to the lake. Explorers hoped that it led to China. For early traders and merchants it became a crossroad for commerce. The bay was the gateway from Lake Ontario to water routes to the interior of the continent.

René Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle. This Frenchman explored the bay while looking for the Ohio Trail, hoping it would lead to a water route to the Orient.

Louis Thomas de Juncaire. A French merchant, built a fur trading post "Fort de Sables" at the lake shore.

French Governor Denonville led a military-style invasion aimed at punishing the Senecas, but succeeded only in making enemies.

Falls and the gorge block connection to the lake along the Genesee River.

Seneca Tribe Members. Native Americans fished, hunted, and traveled through the bay for centuries. They developed an extensive network of trails and portages between the lake and their inland villages, and from the bay to the Genesee River.

How Could Such a Small River Cut This Huge Bay?
1| The Danville River once flowed through here before glaciers advanced across the area. It was this large river that cut the bay.
Irondequoit Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 23, 2017
2. Irondequoit Bay Marker
In LaSalles Landing Park, south end of the bay and Irondequoit Creek.
Danville River dammed by glacial deposits.
3| Flow diverted to Genesee River channel.
4| Rising post-glacial lake floods the ancient valley.
5| Irondequoit Creek drains into remnant valley.

1788- American Oliver Phelps acquires title to the bay.
1741- English buy the bay from the Senecas.
1721- English build Fort Schuyler.
1717- Fort de Sables built by French as a trading post.
1687- Denonville's attack.
1679- Las Salle's third visit. Father Hennepin builds chapel.
1678- La Salle's second visit.
1669- La Salle explores the bay the first time.
1612- Bay appears on Champlain's map.
1610- Etienne Brule first European to see the bay.

Inlets along the Seaway Trail coast were explored as possible water routes to the interior of the continent.
Erected by Seaway Trail, Inc.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway marker series.
Location. 43° 10.582′ N, 77° 31.568′ W. Marker is in Webster, New York, in Monroe County. Marker can be reached from Empire Boulevard (New York State Route 404) ¾ mile east of Winton Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in LaSalles Landing Park at the southern end of Irondequoit Bay and the inflow of Irondequoit Creek. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1080 Empire Boulevard, Webster NY 14580, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Irondequoit Bay (approx. ¼ mile away); An Early Doctor (approx. 1.3 miles away); Indian Landing (approx. 1.8 miles away); Camp Site 1687 (approx. 2½ miles away); Swayne's Corners (approx. 2.6 miles away); Brighton Village (approx. 2.6 miles away); The West Garden (approx. 3.2 miles away); George Eastman House (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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