Peter Pond: (1740 - 1802/07)
     He was the son of Peter Pond Sr.& Mary Hubbard born in Milford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. The Pond family arrived in North America at Conneticut in the 1640's, they were the ancestors of Peter. He preceded his relatives Gideon & Samuel (their great grand-father & Peter's father were brothers) to the Minnesota River & the Sioux by 60 years.
     In 1765 Peter Pond II was at a peace council at Detroit with 11 Dakota Chiefs present and from about 1766 to 1773 he traded near the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
     From Pond's remembrances/journal for the years 1774-75: "...(About the first of August a trader coming from Lake Superior brought news that war had broken out between the Sioux and the Chippewas), and made it dangres for the trader to go in to the country...I was bound to the senter of the Notawaseas contrey up St.Peters river. The counsel with ye commander thought proper to give me ye charge of thre belt with the speacheis and the traders to Lake Superior ware charged with the others...(At Prairie du Chien he found the Indians disturbed) thay gave me to understand thare was a parson at that plase that had an eevel sperit. He did things beond thare conseption...I found him to be a frenchman who had bin long among the nations on the Misura that came that spring from the Ilenoas...He had the slite of hand compleately and had such a swa over the tribes...thay gave him the name of Minneto which is a sperit...(Pond on his way up the Minnesota River [St.Peters R] learned of a tribe near the source) which wanted to sea at trader. I conkluded ameatley to put a small asortment of goods into a cannoe and go up to them - a thing that never was atempted before by the oldest of the traders on acount of the rudeness of those people who ware Nottawaseas by nation but the band was called yantonoes - the cheafe of the band allwase lead them on the Plaines...across the plainness, I was nine days giting up to thare camp...Thay never saw a trader before on thare one ground at least saw a bale of goods opend...I preseaved five parsons from the camp aproching - four was imployed in caring a beaver blanket finely panted - the other held in his hand a callemeat or pipe of pece - verey finely drest with differant feathers with panted hair...after smoking thay toock of my shoes and put on me a pair of fine Mockasans...thay lade me down on the blanket - one hold of each corner and cared me to the camp in a lodg among a verey vennarable asembly of old men...After smokeing an old man ros up on his feet with as much greaveaty as can be conseaved of he came to me - laid his hands on my head and grond out - I - I - I three times - then drawed his rite hand down on my armes faneing a sort of a crey as if he shead tears..."
     In the fall of 1774 Peter is trading with a band of Yankton and noted they had a great number of horses and some fire arms. The next spring (while his native Connecticut was rebelling against their King) he is escorting a delegation of Sisseton & Wahpeton to Michilimackinac in a attempt to treaty with the Ojibwe and end their long term war.