Narratives of Early Pennsylvania, West New Jersey and Delaware, 1630-1707

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low Christina, [but] on the eastern shore, from which that district of country was in former times, and even now is, called Elsingborg. From this was fired a Swedish salute upon the arrival of Swedish ships. But its principal object was to search the Holland ships which came before it, and (which stuck very hard in their maw) to make them lower their flag. The fort was afterwards abandoned by the Swedes and destroyed, as it was almost impossible to live there on account of the gnats (myggor); whence it was for some time called Myggenborg.


9. Other Forts.

Besides these there were Fort Korsholm,1 at Passäyunk, where the commander, Sven Schute,2 had his residence. Manäyungh,3 on the Skörkihl, or Skulkihl, [was] a fine little fort of logs, having sand and stones filled in between the woodwork, and surrounded by palisades, four Swedish mile4 from Christina, eastwardly. Mecoponacka, Upland5 [was] two Swedish miles from Christina, and one mile from Gothenburg, upon the river shore, a level plain, with some houses and a fort.


10. Other Places.

Other places were only well known, and not fortified. Chinsessing,6 a place upon the Schuylkill, where five families of freemen dwelt together in houses two stories high, built of whitenut tree, which was at that time regarded as the best material for building houses, but in later times was altogether

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1
Fort Nya Korsholm ( 1647-1653) was not at Passayunk but on the present Province or Fisher's Island, to the west of the mouth of the Schuylkill River.
2
Sven Skute. See post, p. 112, note 1.
3
Another name for Fort Nya Korshohn or its site.
4
About twenty-seven English miles, a Swedish mile being slightly more than six and a half English miles.
5
Now Chester, Pennsylvania, about thirteen English miles from Christina but rather less than half a Swedish mile -- say three English miles -- from New Gothenburg, or Fort Nya Göteborg, on Tinicum Island.
6
Kingsessing, the district about the creek of that name, also at a later time, at least, called Minquas Kill or Creek, a western affluent of the Schuylkill, near the mouth of the river. Wasa or Nya Wasa (c. 1645) was on the north side of this creek.

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