Lawrence Iroquoians, who inhabited the areas along the St.

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By 1755, there were 3,000 Iroquois living at the mission settlement.

By comparison, Montreal had only 4,000 residents at the time.

The earliest European settlement in the area was a French mission, built by Abbé Picquet in 1749 as part of the colony of New France in North America.

Located near the mouth of the Fleuve Oswegache (Oswegatchie River), he named it Fort de La Présentation (Fort of the Presentation).

The City of Ogdensburg is at the northern border of New York at the mouth of the Oswegatchie River on the south bank of the St. The only formally designated city in Saint Lawrence County, it is located between Massena, New York to the east and Brockville, Ontario to the west. By 1000 CE, Iroquoian-speaking people were settling along the St.

In the late 18th century, European-American settlers named the community after American land owner and developer Samuel Ogden. This was ancient territory for thousands of years of indigenous peoples of varying cultures.

During the 1750s and the Seven Years' War, warriors from this fort allied with French officers in attacking British colonists in the Champlain, Mohawk and Ohio valleys.

The city is near the site of the 1760 Battle of the Thousand Islands between British and French forces during the Seven Years' War (known in the later United States as the French and Indian War.) Both sides made use of Indian allies.

The mission attracted Native Americans for the fur trade, many of whom settled in the village and converted to Catholicism.