• Voices from the Gathering PlaceSault Ste. Marie: 1622 - 1870

Die Stromschnellen von St Marie (The Rapids Of St Mary), Frank Buchser, 1868

By kind permission of the Kunsthaus Art Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

This website was created by teacher Peter White for the Algoma District School Board

Fort Brady



Henry Schoolcraft's first visit to Sault Ste. Marie was with the Governor of the Michigan Territory, Lewis Cass.


Lewis had the job of establishing a fort at Sault Ste. Marie.




One Anishnaabe named Sassaba, whose brother had been killed fighting the American soldiers disagreed with Lewis' plan. He put up a British flag in defiance and readied his warriors for battle.

   Fort Brady, Sault Ste. Marie . Image from Ballou's Pictorial Drawing -Room Companion, Boston, 9 May 1857. Courtesy Boston Public Library. 

It was only because of the efforts of Anishnaabe leaders that a battle and bloodshed were avoided.


John Johnston's Anishnaabe wife Susan, Chief Shingabowassin (who was Sassaba's brother) and Chief Shingwauk were able to bring calm to the situation before a battle started.


It is said that Shingwauk stood in front of Sassaba, blocking his way, and even when the warrior grazed Shingwauk's shoulder with his weapon, Shingwauk stood his ground.


Have you or someone you know ever had to step into the middle of a conflict between friends or siblings and try to calm things down? What would you do?


The picture at the top of this pop-up is the fort the American government built at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Fort Brady. The Fort was used for a very long time. During World War II in the 1940s there were 20,000 American Soldiers stationed there.


In 1966 the site of the fort became what it is today, Lake Superior State University.