by Tom Castaldi
Kekionga in today’s Lakeside neighborhood where the Three Rivers meet was once the site of an American Indian settlement established long before Europeans wandered through the area. Kekionga was actually a collection of villages that now make up present-day Lakeside neighborhood and was a center of the Miami nation in historic times. Miami people were first discovered in 1654 living in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area by the Europeans exploring North America, far from their native lands of the lower Great Lakes. The Miami and many other tribes of the region had been pushed out of their homelands by their enemies from the east. These were the Iroquois who had been heavily armed by the Dutch and English and were encouraged to attack the western Indians likely to be friendly with their French rivals.
|You can learn more about the Miami at the Chief Richardville House, a national historic landmark. Check our website for information on programs coming up May-November at "the house".|
Originally published in Fort Wayne Magazine “Along the Heritage Trail with Tom Castaldi”
March 2008 No. 41
Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi is author of the Wabash & Erie Canal Notebook series; hosts “On the Heritage Trail,” which is broadcast at 6:35 a.m., 8:35 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Mondays on WBOI, 89.1 FM; and “Historia Nostra” heard on WLYV-1450 AM and WRRO 89.9 FM. Enjoy his previously published columns on the History Center’s blog, “Our Stories,” at history centerfw.blogspot.com.