John Patten [ca 1725-1754] was an English Indian Trader who was
taken prisoner by the French because he was trading in in the Ohio River
region which they considered to be French territory. He was sent to
France, then to London, and returned to Pennsylvania in 1752.
John Pattin of the Province of Pennsylvania, Indian Trader,
says that some time in Novr 1750 he went with Goods a trading to the
Miamis . . . . thinking as there was peace between the English &
French, he would be in no danger; but contrary to his expectation when
he came there he was immediately seized & kept close confined. . . .
.from hence he was sent under guard of 9 Men to Fort Detroit, which is
about 240 Miles by Water, that the passage to this Place is down Miamis
River, which is full of small Falls, into Lake Erie & then up the
Streights between Lake Erie & Huron, on the West side of which
Streight stands the Fort about 40 Rods from the River, that it is a
large Pallisadoed Fort, containing about 100 small Log & other
Houses that there are about about 200 Men settled in & about the
Fort that they have got but one Swivell Gun mounted here, tho this is
the most considerable settlement the French have in these Parts they
raising Grain & Most kind of provisions to supply the other Forts
about the Lakes; that great encouragement is given to young married
People to settle there, the French designing to make it a large
settlement if Possible; that the Streight is about a Mile across at the
Fort, that there are Plantations all the way from F. Detroit to Lake
Huron which is about three Leagues; that the French go in three days
from Fort Detroit to Fort Sandoski, which is a small Pallisadoed Fort,
with about 20 Men lying on the South side of Lake Erie, and was built
the latter end of the Year 1750, that after being kept Prisoner about 4
Months at Detroit he was sent under guard to Niagara Fort. . . .
From: MAP MAKER & INDIAN TRADERS; AN ACCOUNT OF JOHN PATTEN, TRADER, ARCTIC
EXPLORER, AND MAP MAKER; CHARLES SWAINE AUTHOR, TRADER, PUBLIC
OFFICIAL, AND ARCTIC EXPLORER; THEODORUS SWAINE DRAGE CLERK, TRADER, AND
ANGLICAN PRIEST. By Howard N. Eavenson. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1949. Pp 118-119.
See Also: Introduction to Maps and Map Makers: 1-70