THE OHIO VALLEY-GREAT LAKES ETHNOHISTORY
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Wraxall, Peter in: Harvard Historical
Studies, vol. XXI, pp. 122-123.
(P. 114) Albany 14 May 1719.
A considerable Number of far Indians (from what part is not mentioned but I judge about the West end of Lake Erie) arrive at Albany to Trade, & say they met with many obstructions from the French but in spight of all they came hither & hope they shall be well treated & have Goods Cheap.
The Commissrs answer that they are very glad to see them & that they will find Goods cheaper here than the French can afford them, for they get their Goods from hence.
1 June. Sundry other far Indians arrive at Albany to Trade,1 . . .
(P. 115) Albany 23d June 1719.
Sundry westward Indians called Adewadiene2 come to Albany to Trade & say they were coming Two years ago but were hindered by the French. They desire to have Goods cheap &c.
The Commissrs welcome them & tell them the French want Goods themselves from Albany & have none but what they fetch from thence & consequently they cant buy of the French so cheap as they may at Albany.
28 June Several Indians of a Nation called by the French De Souteur3 come to Albany to Trade.
1. The French have now almost totally stopped our Communication with these Western Indians by their Fort Niagre & another at the Head of Lake Erie. But if the Albany People had not supplied them with goods to lay the Foundation of their settlement in those parts, & this Govt built a Trading house between Lake Erie & Lake Ontario, that extensive Communication the French now have would probably have been prevented. If the French establish their Forts & Settlements on the Ohio, they will perfect their line of communication thro the Continent.
2. The Adawadenys, a sub tribe of the Far Indians whose home was probably south of the lakes.- Ed.
3. The Saulteurs from Sault Ste. Marie.- Ed.
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