Sunday, April 19, 2009

Heward's Journal - Paddle Day 7

Continuing with Hugh Heward's journal pages, matching progress with UHHC 2009 paddlers to the greatest extent possible:

Heward's Paddle Day 7: YPSILANTI

Thursday Apl 1st 1790. Early in the Morning came to red Cedar under the high Banks & continued with a Strong Current the water by the Banks to nearly Mid Day when we met with several Small pine Trees the banks still high & barren abounding with diminutive Red Oak Trees & the soil with Fern. about 4 oClock passed an Indian Cabbin & Cornfield & arr'd at Sans Craints before Sun Set

(They had arrived at the French settlement and trading post at the site of present-day Ypsilanti. This was at the junction of several Indian trails and could be reached from Detroit either by land trail or by boats on the Detroit and Huron Rivers. Batteaus and pirogues were used as well as canoes.There was also a Huron Indian village nearby. Beyond here the river and trails were mostly unknown to white men) .

Distance & Course nearly as yesterday. Encamped. 

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