Green Bay was first discovered by French explorer Jean Nicolet de Belleborne just 14 years after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Nicolet left from Quebec in canoes with a small group of travelers and arrived down the Fox River in 1634, where he was met by the local Native Americans. Nicolet had a skill in dealing with the natives, and because of this the area was settled without much harm to the Europeans. The French originally called this area La Baie Verte, which becomes translated as Green Bay. This was an essential city for development of exploration and trade because it is a natural bay created by the Fox River. Here, travelers could stop and resupply on their journies. This caused a lot of migration throughout the years, and the area continued to grow steadily as the west was explored more and more. Because of the French and Indian War, the French could not maintain support for Green Bay, and it was eventually populated by the British, who then turned it into their own profitable city. Even after the Revolutionary War, Green Bay remained a terrritory of Britain until after the War of 1812. American establishment was not firm in the region until 1816, when Fort Howard was erected. Green Bay's population and size continued to grow as westward expansion increased, and throughout the years the population has risen steadily, while maintaining a peaceful atmosphere.