1750 Patten

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