Pittsburgh’s Lost Outpost: Captain Trent’s Fort

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As 1753 came to a close, European empires were set on a collision course for a triangular piece of land known as the Forks of the Ohio. The valuable patch of land, now known as Point State Park, is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers; the navigable waterways were valuable to the French to complete their control of the Ohio Valley as the British looked to create a center for their booming fur trade and westward expansion. Former soldier turned trader William Trent set out for the untamed wilderness to stake Britain’s claim, and he would build the first fort to form the humble beginnings of Pittsburgh and to set the stage for the French and Indian War. Author Jason A. Cherry details the history of William Trent and Pittsburgh’s forgotten first outpost.
ISBN: 9781467141628
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Lost
Images: 46
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Jason A. Cherry has lived in Western Pennsylvania his entire life and has interpreted the French and Indian War for almost thirty years. He resides in Butler, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Ohio country with his wife, Emily, and his two daughters, Penny and Charlotte.
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