It’s no coincidence Indiana’s second largest city occupies land that once served as a capital of the Miami Indian Nation. Native Americans chose Fort Wayne for its strategic location. The confluence of three rivers — St. Joseph, St. Marys and Maumee — would prove equally appealing to French fur traders, English military men and American pioneers.
“This area was important for one main reason,” explains Kathleen O’Connell, a volunteer for Historic Fort Wayne. “Three rivers converged at a point where there was a short portage of six to nine miles to another series of rivers that would ultimately take you all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.”