Queen Aliquippa was one of the leaders of the Seneca Indians in Western Pennsylvania. She lived on the north side of the Allegheny a short distance above the Point.
Queen Aliquippa was a good friend of the British during their clashes with the French. Conrad Weiser, chief Pennsylvania advisor for Indian affairs, ate dinner with Aliquippa at her house in 1748. The Indian Queen assured Weiser of her friendship with the British. Later she proved that allegiance to the British when she refused to receive Frenchman Pierre Joseph Céloron de Blainville. Céloron had led a special expedition down the Ohio River to claim this region for the French.
In 1753, young George Washington met Queen Aliquippa near the mouth of the Youghiogheny River, near present-day McKeesport. She and her son, Canachquasy, were with Washington when he surrendered Fort Necessity to the French. Later, Aliquippa moved east to the Juniata River valley. She died there, a short time afterwards, on December 23, 1754.
Meeting with Queen Aliquippa
Both Conrad Weiser and George Washington wrote about their meetings with Queen Aliquippa:
27th. Sett off again in the morning early; Rainy weather. We dined in a Seneka Town, where an old Seneka Woman Reigns with great Authority; we dined at her House, & they all used us very well; at this & the last mentioned Delaware [Lenni Lenape] Town they received us by firing a great many Guns. We saluted the Town by firing off 4 pair of pistols [...].
[...] went up about three Miles to the Mouth of the 'Yaughyaughgane' to visit Queen Aliquippa, who had expressed great Concern that we passed her in going to the Fort [Le Boeuf]. I made her a Present of a Matchcoat and a Bottle of Rum, which latter was thought much the best Present of the two.