Author: Joseph Van Remman
For local historians, the origin of the word “Buffalo” as the name of a river and our city has amazed us for 200 years. Yes, it’s been a while since people have wondered why a place that doesn’t have a buffalo, in the American sense of the word, is called Buffalo.
To make it clearer, there is agreement that “Buffalo” was first used to describe a stream that flows through the Wyoming Hills, across the province of Erie, and into Lake Erie south of the Niagara River. In fact, Buffalo Creek was used as one of the territories when Native Americans and U.S. representatives signed a treaty in 1786 at Fort Stanwix. It is also noteworthy that the inclusion of the American national emblem “Techoseroron” was for Buffalo Creek, which meant “Basswood Place” in Seneca. This sign is important to our story because it is one of the links to the origin of the name Buffalo.
But we need to go back to before the Treaty of Fort Stanwix to give back the origins of some French and British soldiers who occupied both Fort Niagara, but not at the same time. France built the first 18 Niagara Fortressminds century and with that land up and down the Niagara River between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. From the French castle he could trade with Native Americans, European tourists, tourists and immigrants moving through the region. The British were also involved in this trade and fought for control of the Great Lakes, and eventually the Seven Wars broke out, also known in America as the French-Indian War.
During this time a French soldier and engineer, Captain Pierre Pusho, entered the area. He was responsible for the restoration and maintenance of the fort, and eventually became commandant. Puchot kept the journal and also drew a map of the area and sent it to his chiefs in the spring of 1758. On this map, he drew a waterway that led to Niagara from the east, naming it River Boyce Blank, which translates as “white wood river” or “basswood river”. Basswood was appreciated by both Native Americans and the French because it was very useful in making baskets and was used to sew canoes and bats, which were important for traveling across the border. Puchot’s memoirs and map were published more than a decade after his death in 1781.
Another French soldier, Michel Crevecourt, a surveyor and geographer based in Montreal, also crossed the region during the seven-year war. Later, in the French edition of 1787, his best-selling book Letters from an American farmer is a map that specifically shows the Riviere du Bois Blanc at our current Buffalo Creek location. We know this because Crevecoeur shows that the Riviere du Bois Blanc is above the rapids that pass under the bridge of our present peace before slowing down at the northern end of Unity Island (formerly Squaw Island). Published maps are less than a fingerprint since then showing watermarks marking the Niagara border and two maps “Boys Blank” to a stream near our present-day Buffalo Palace.
Well, then, if I told you that the pronunciation of Boise Blank is similar to Bob Lowe or Boblo. Those islands above and below Detroit are called Boyce Blank, and so they pronounce the name of the islands. In a kind of cold coincidence, a passenger ship STR Colombia is now in Buffalo. STR Columbia, similar to Canada, which took the day from Buffalo to Crystal Beach, took people between Detroit and the Boblo Amusement Park, located on Boyce Blanc Island.
Now, back to 18minds another century. Commandant Pierre Puchot surrendered Fort Niagara to Britain in the summer of 1759. The British took control of the area, and in May 1760, a British officer, George Demler, drew a map of the area. On that map there is a stream south of the Niagara River on the east side and it is called Buffello Creek. A few years later, another British soldier, John Montessor, stated in a magazine record in the summer of 1764 about the river, while looking for a place for a castle that would eventually be Fort Erie, the name would be “Buffalo Creek.” . In less than a year, the name of the stream changed from a French term that sounded like “Boblo” to what the British called Buffello.
There you have it. For all of you who uproot the team by standing or running Buffalo on top of your hat, I will uproot you too. For those who think “Beau Fleuve” is a beautiful story for the origin of the name for the city, this is it, but it’s wrong. The story of our origin takes place in Fort Niagara, where a soldier hears the French term “Boise Blanc,” probably something similar to Boblo or Bob Lowe, who for the first time puts on a map “Buffelo,” which will change in a few years. found our very favorite Buffalo. Go bills !!!