History at Fort Pontchartrain

As soon as I came back from Arizona, Jan and I began packing for a reenactment along Lake St. Clair which is the largest fresh water lake that is not one of the Great Lakes. From where we set up, you could see Canada and Detroit. Ft. Pontchartrain was built in 1701 where Detroit now stands. It was the center of the fur trade in the Midwest and was used as the main military base for the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. This has always been an important place in American history. 12 to 15 years later, when Ft. Michilimackinac was built, it became the center of the northern Great Lakes fur trade. The reenactment was started to remind people of the early French history of Michigan and how they lived. During our time there, I got to see a match lock, flint lock, and percussion lock muzzle loaders. I even saw a wheel lock which I had never heard about. They were invented after match locks. At some point, a guy came up to me and let me hold his match lock. It was really heavy. Match lock guns look very different from any other muzzle loading gun. After the reenactment, we were invited to spend the night at a friend’s house who is a collector. Spending the night at his house was amazing; his whole upstairs was like a museum. He had guns from the Dutch time in America all the way to World War II. He also had beautiful paintings on every wall. His house was awesome. Next month we will continue our historical reenacting.

Here is me holding a match lock gun from the 1650s

Here is me holding a match lock gun from the 1650s