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Beyond Penn's Treaty

A Mission to the Indians from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting to Fort Wayne, in 1804

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French word, signifies the Strait, a name much
more appropos, it being but an outlet from the
waters of the western lakes to Lake Erie.


This morning our curiosity led us to
take a view of Brownstown

. The village contains
about one hundred houses, which are generally
built of small round logs, and roofed with elm
bark. These Indians cultivate a considerable
quantity of corn, and their fields are enclosed
with rails of their own splitting. We saw a
sample of the wheat which they had raised the
last season, which looked well. They have gar-
dens and a considerable number of fruit trees.
They have a small number of cattle, and raise a
large number of hogs. The interpreter says they
are greatly disposed to civilization, and have re-
quested of the United States to furnish them
this year with cattle, instead of goods or money
for their annuity.

After taking breakfast, we again embarked
and proceeded up the river Detroit, passing by
another Indian town called Walk-in-the-Water

, a name derived from the principal chief
of the settlement. The village contains about
twenty houses, and bears the same civilized ap-
pearance as Brownstown.

After passing the river Le Cas and the river
Range, we came opposite to a British town
called Sandwich

, where, upon an elevated position,
we beheld the horrible spectacle of two men
hanging in gibbets.