Fort Pitt: A Melting Pot Boils Over: European Settlement After 1765


The 18th-century community of Pittsburgh was composed of a diverse mix of people from every corner of the Ohio Country as well as the colonial settlements to the east. Drawn by the British military presence, Pittsburgh brought tradesmen, merchants, African Americans (free and enslaved), and American Indian hunters (with their families) to the Point. The sense of community between peoples, built over time on countless personal interactions, became one of the key strengths of the early settlement. Even as the British constructed ramparts to keep their enemies out, Pittsburgh's residents and visitors, motivated by their own best interests, worked to build relationships that encouraged peace and goodwill.

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