American French Erie, Erié, modification of Huron Eriehronon the Erie people
First Known Use: circa 1909
Definition of ERIE
city & port NW Pennsylvania on Lake Erie pop 101,786
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2000: 103,717), northwestern Pennsylvania, U.S. Named for the Erie Indians, it was the site of a French fort (1753) on Lake Erie. The site was acquired by the U.S. in 1795, when the town was laid out. Nearby naval shipyards built most of the fleet that defeated the British at the Battle of Lake Erie (1813) in the War of 1812. Economic development began with the opening (1844) of the Erie and Pittsburgh Canal and with railway construction in the 1850s. Pennsylvania's only port on the St. Lawrence Seaway, it is a shipping point for many products, including lumber, coal, and petroleum. While early industries were largely agricultural, manufactures, including electrical equipment and construction machinery, are now well diversified.