William Trent

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William Trent (1715— December 1, 1784) was a fur trader and merchant based in colonial Pennsylvania.wikipedia
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George Croghan

The younger Trent took on George Croghan, an Irish immigrant, as his partner, as he was effective in developing trading networks with Native Americans.
(This area later developed as Cleveland, Ohio.) During the early years, Croghan's primary business partner was William Trent, also a trader.

French and Indian War

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He was commissioned as a captain of the Virginia Regiment in the early stages of the French and Indian War, when he served on the western frontier with the young Lt. Colonel George Washington.
Even before Washington returned, Dinwiddie had sent a company of 40 men under William Trent to that point where they began construction of a small stockaded fort in the early months of 1754.

William Trent (Trenton)

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Trent was born in 1715 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (then described as western Pennsylvania in historic accounts) as the youngest child and son of William Trent, a prominent merchant and trader in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his second wife, Mary Coddington, who was 25 years younger than her husband.
They had two sons together: Thomas, who died in infancy; and William Trent, born in 1715/1718, who survived to adulthood.

Fort Prince George

He established two forts that were later taken and destroyed by the French: Fort Prince George, begun February 17, 1754
The site was originally a trading post established by Ohio Company trader William Trent in the 1740s.

Fort Duquesne

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After demolishing Fort St. George, they began building the larger, more complex Fort Duquesne (at present-day Pittsburgh).
The English merchant William Trent had established a highly successful trading post at the forks as early as the 1740s, to do business with a number of nearby Native American villages.

Fort Pitt (Pennsylvania)

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He commanded the militia at Fort Pitt during Pontiac's Rebellion.
Commander William Trent wrote that he hoped "it will have the desired effect."

Pontiac's War

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He commanded the militia at Fort Pitt during Pontiac's Rebellion.
Militia commander William Trent left records which showed that the purpose of giving the blankets was "to Convey the Smallpox to the Indians."

Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst

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They then told us that Ligonier had been attacked, but that the Enemy were beat of". Less than two weeks later, the British commanding general Jeffery Amherst ordered the use of smallpox against the Native American tribes.
Historians Elizabeth Fenn and Benedict Kiernan have shown, "Fort Pitt had anticipated these orders. Reporting on parleys with Delaware chiefs on June 24, a trader [William Trent] wrote: '[We] gave them two Blankets and an Handkerchief out of the Small Pox Hospital. I hope it will have the desired effect.' The military hospital records confirm that two blankets and handkerchiefs were 'taken from people in the Hospital to Convey the Smallpox to the Indians.' The fort commander paid for these items, which he certified 'were had for the uses above mentioned.' Historian Elizabeth Fenn has documented 'the eruption of epidemic smallpox' among Delaware and Shawnee Indians nearby, about the time the blankets were distributed."

Siege of Fort Pitt

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During the siege of Fort Pitt, Trent recorded in his journal that blankets from the fort's smallpox hospital had been given to the besieging Indians during a parley.
In one instance, as recorded in his journal by sundries trader and militia Captain, William Trent, on June 24, 1763, dignitaries from the Delaware tribe met with Fort Pitt officials, warned them of "great numbers of Indians" coming to attack the fort, and pleaded with them to leave the fort while there was still time.

Virginia Regiment

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He was commissioned as a captain of the Virginia Regiment in the early stages of the French and Indian War, when he served on the western frontier with the young Lt. Colonel George Washington.

George Washington

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He was commissioned as a captain of the Virginia Regiment in the early stages of the French and Indian War, when he served on the western frontier with the young Lt. Colonel George Washington.

Trenton, New Jersey

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Trent had gone into fur trading by 1740, aided by capital from his father, a wealthy shipping merchant of Philadelphia who was the founder of Trenton, New Jersey. Trent senior founded Trenton, New Jersey by buying a large tract of land in 1714 below the falls of the Delaware River and developing his country house there.

Ohio Country

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In 1744, Trent purchased vast lands in the Ohio Country west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Appalachian Mountains

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In 1744, Trent purchased vast lands in the Ohio Country west of the Appalachian Mountains.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Trent was born in 1715 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (then described as western Pennsylvania in historic accounts) as the youngest child and son of William Trent, a prominent merchant and trader in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his second wife, Mary Coddington, who was 25 years younger than her husband.

Philadelphia

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Trent was born in 1715 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (then described as western Pennsylvania in historic accounts) as the youngest child and son of William Trent, a prominent merchant and trader in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his second wife, Mary Coddington, who was 25 years younger than her husband.

Delaware River

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Trent senior founded Trenton, New Jersey by buying a large tract of land in 1714 below the falls of the Delaware River and developing his country house there.

Slavery

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The young Trent grew up with his father's wealth, gained from trading and shipping in furs, dry goods and slaves, with merchants and interests in the North American and Caribbean colonies, and England.

Iroquois

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Much of the upper Ohio Valley had been conquered by the Iroquois nations, based in New York and northern Pennsylvania, and they kept it open by right of conquest as their hunting ground. In addition, Croghan soon learned the Unami language of the Lenape (Delaware) and the Mohawk language of one of the Iroquois tribes.

Unami language

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In addition, Croghan soon learned the Unami language of the Lenape (Delaware) and the Mohawk language of one of the Iroquois tribes.

Lenape

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In addition, Croghan soon learned the Unami language of the Lenape (Delaware) and the Mohawk language of one of the Iroquois tribes.

Mohawk language

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In addition, Croghan soon learned the Unami language of the Lenape (Delaware) and the Mohawk language of one of the Iroquois tribes.

Nemacolin's Path

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When the Regiment moved across the Appalachian divide along Nemacolin's Trail, Trent was assigned to take the advance company. It was at its confluence with the Monongahela River and near the Ford of the river by Nemacolin's Trail.

Monongahela River

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It was at its confluence with the Monongahela River and near the Ford of the river by Nemacolin's Trail.

Ford (crossing)

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It was at its confluence with the Monongahela River and near the Ford of the river by Nemacolin's Trail.