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
How many houses can you count along the shore? How many people would you guess lived here in 1836?
Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
There are about seven little houses along the shore. In his study of the Robinson-Huron Treaty, James Morrison said that in 1847, (about ten years after this painting was made), there were fifty families, about 250 people altogether living on the British side of the river. For centuries before this, meanwhile, hundreds of First Nations people would gather at Bawating, (the Sault), in the summertime, partly because the river was thick with whitefish so there was plenty to eat for everyone! Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nations has said that the elders tell him that in those days you could walk from one side of the river to the other on the backs of the whitefish. Now that's a great way of saying there were a lot of fish!
How many people live in Sault Ste. Marie today?