Fort Presque Isle
Lake Erie Region
6th and Parade Streets, Erie
In July 1760, Colonel Henry Bouquet built a stockade and blockhouse on this site. Along with Fort Pitt, Fort LeBoeuf, and Fort Venango, this post was intended to assert British possession of the Ohio Country, but these fortifications offended the Ohio Indians, who still considered themselves the rightful claimants to the land and believed that the British had bound themselves to vacate the territory once the French were removed.
When Pontiac's Rebellion erupted in spring 1763, Fort Presque Isle was one of the first posts to fall to Indian attack. A combined force of Senecas, Ottawas, Hurons, and Chippewas laid siege to it on June 19, and the garrison capitulated a few days later.
Charles M. Stotz, Outposts of the War for Empire: The French and English in Western Pennsylvania: Their Armies, Their Forts, Their People, 1749-1764 (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press), 1985.
Louis M. Waddell and Bruce D. Bomberger, The French and Indian War in Pennsylvania: Fortification and Struggle During the War for Empire (Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission), 1996.