From Ohio History Central
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Fort Pitt remained under England's control until the American Revolution, when the colonists gained possession of it. The fort served as an important trading post with the Ohio Country natives for both the English and the Americans. As more and more Americans sought to improve their fortunes by moving into the Ohio Country, Indians began to attack the settlers. The fort's garrison actively protected whites moving into the region. In the mid-1770s, the English renamed the installation Fort Dunmore. John Murray, Lord Dunmore, served as the royal governor of New York and later in Virginia. Once the colonists declared their independence, they renamed the fortification Fort Pitt.