The first European settlers are thought to have come to the Fort Wayne area in the 17th Century and may have traded with the region's native population.  During the 18th Century, after the Revolutionary War, Fort Wayne was the site of several bloody battles as the new U.S. government declared war on the Miami Indians.  The city, in fact, gets its name from General Anthony Wayne who was sent to the area by George Washington to turn the tide in the war, as the Miamis had the upper hand.  General Wayne defeated the native tribe and a fort was built in his honor, Fort Wayne.

During the 19th Century Fort Wayne was a rough frontier town, a stop for wagons headed west.  The city was notorious for its lawlessness and crime, being a haven for murderers, gamblers and other varieties of outlaws. 

By the 20th Century Fort Wayne had become much more civilized, as German immigrants moved in to farm the land and begin families.  During World War II the largely German population came under intense discrimination there, though the war also brought welcome relief from the Great Depression which had hit the area hard.

Today Fort Wayne is a mid-sized Midwestern city known for its friendly people and small town charm.