• 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

Sketch of the Island of Mackinaw, Anna Jamieson, 1838. Courtesy Toronto Public Library

 

Fort Mackinaw

 

You may remember Fort Mackinaw being mentioned in the songs about Alexander Henry.

 

This is a different Fort Mackinaw, the one built on Mackinaw island where you may have visited to ride bicycles and eat delicious fudge.

 

In 1812 Fort Mackinaw was a serious military fort that was at the top of a high hill which made it impossible to attack.

 

What Charles and the others did was to land on the other side of the island at night and sneak across to the fort while the Americans were sleeping.

 

The next morning the Fort Mackinaw soldiers were very surprised to see the Canadians and First Nations warriors coming from behind their fort instead of attacking from the bottom of the hill!

 

Fort Mackinaw was given up without a shot being fired.

 

What would you do if you were faced with a battle that you were sure to lose?

 

The sketch of Fort Mackinaw that you see above was drawn by Anna Jameson when she traveled through this area in 1838. In those days you couldn't take pictures of what you were seeing, you had to make your own! As you can see in the recent photograph below, the fort sits at the top of that hill today just as it did all those years ago when Anna drew her sketch. How many years ago did Anna make her drawing?