Indiana
6 HOTELS: guaranteed best prices
Book now

Kekionga

Human settlement in Indiana, United States of America

40 Users like

Coordinates: 41°5′19″N 85°7′26″W / 41.08861°N 85.12389°W / 41.08861; -85.12389

Kekionga (meaning "blackberry bush"),[1][2] also known as Kiskakon[3][4] or Pacan's Village,[5] was the capital of the Miami tribe. It was located at the confluence of the Saint Joseph, Saint Marys and Maumee rivers on the western edge of the Great Black Swamp in present-day Indiana. Over their respective decades of influence from colonial times to after the American Revolution and Northwest Indian Wars, the French, British and Americans all established trading posts and forts at the large village, as it was located on an important portage connecting Lake Erie to the Wabash and Mississippi rivers. The European-American town of Fort Wayne, Indiana started as a settlement around the American Fort Wayne stockade after the War of 1812.

  1. ^ According to J. Dunn, Jr., the name "usually said to mean "blackberry patch," or "blackberry bush," this plant being considered an emblem of antiquity because it sprang up on the sites of old villages. This theory rests on the testimony of Barron, a longtime an old French trader on the Wabash. It is more probable that Kekioqa is a corruption or dialect form of Kiskakon, or Kikakon, which was the original name of the place." J. P. Dunn, INDIANA: A REDEMPTION FROM SLAVERY New York: HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY, 1888, 48, Note 1.
  2. ^ Michael McCafferty, an Algonquian and Uto-Aztecan linguist professor at Indiana University, exhaustively examined the etymology of 'Kekionga' and dismissed Dunn's explanation and several others. See the chapter "Trails to Kekionga" in the relevantly titled 'Native American Place Names of Indiana' (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2008), esp. p. 76.
  3. ^ Charles R. Poinsatte, Fort Wayne During the Canal Era 1828-1855, Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1969, p. 1
  4. ^ Kiskakon, meaning "cut tail," was the principal tribe of the Odawa nation. At a very early time, they had a village on the Maumee River. Poinsatte, pg 23, fn 1
  5. ^ Andrew R. L. Cayton, Frontier Indiana (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996; ISBN 0-253-33048-3), 86.

Nearby Places

  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

    City in Indiana

  • Lincoln Bank Tower

    building in Indiana, United States

  • Allen County Courthouse (Indiana)

    United States historic place

  • Fort Wayne Old City Hall Building

    United States historic place

  • St. Marys River (Indiana and Ohio)

    tributary of the Maumee River in Indiana and Ohio, United States

  • St. Joseph River (Maumee River tributary)

    tributary of the Maumee River in Ohio and Indiana

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools

    school district in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

  • Indiana Institute of Technology
  • Kekionga

    human settlement in Indiana, United States of America

  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend

    diocese of the Catholic Church

Explore nearby popular places

Events

Real-time, up-to-date listings for the best in music, sports, theatre and family events.

Find Events

Search news for "Kekionga"

Access over 2 million articles from the Guardian and Observer newspapers

Kekionga
27
eg: Hotel

Share this page