Logstown4: Indian Land Grab Increases

Jugs of whiskey added to placid painting of Lewis&Clark boat building in Pittsburgh for more accurate portrayal.

Lewis&Clark Expedition Gets Halting Start in Pittsburgh

George Washington came to Logstown, just downriver from modern-day Pittsburgh,  several times to add to his substantial land holdings.


When he died, he was holding more than 52,000 acres. All of it, of course, had at one time been Indian land.

Sound like alot of acreage?

That paled (a rather appropriate verb) compared to land scouted and surveyed by a later visitor.

Meriwether Lewis made an unwilling stop at Logstown just as he was beginning the famous Lewis&Clark expedition to explore what white men could do with 530 million acres of Indian land America just bought from the French.

But, before we get into that, let’s take a quiz to review information about Logstown covered in the first three parts of this series.

Do You Know Logstown Yet?


1. A hollow tree on the river bank at Logstown was so large that:

2. Logstown is best described as:


3. George Washington's Seneca name was Conotocaurious, which means:


4. Members of many Indian nations lived at Logstown, including the Shawnee and Lenna Lenape (Delaware), but the two chiefs in charge at the village represented who?

5. French companies and their employees wanted continued access to furs in this region. English companies, their customers and freelancing settlers wanted land. What did Indians want?


How did you do?

If you got all five right, you can treat yourself to a free keg of rum at the trading post.

Lewis & Pittsburgh

If not, don’t worry about it. You know enough now to read how Meriwether Lewis got past Logstown to become one of America’s biggest celebrities, and likely its first celebrity suicide.

His Corps of Discovery expedition boat was built in Pittsburgh. That was a mistake.

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