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AP US History 17 December 2012 Critique-The Red Heart By James Alexander Thom Frances Slocum lived in a time period when Native Americans were still roaming around, yet sadly they were also being pushed off their land. The wars between the different Native American tribes and the American troops were different from each other; each tribe used similar yet different techniques and tactics. Yet there was one thing that all wars between Native Americans and American troops had in common: in the end the Native Americans always lost to the Americans. There were many attempts by warriors and leaders of the different Native American tribes to resist and impede white encroachment. A Miami war chieftain, Little Turtle, initially fought against…show more content…
The Western Confederacy was created when the Native American nations of the confederacy were abandoned by their British allies; after the American Revolution, Britain ceded the land between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River to America. When white settlers started to move westward, they met a lot of resistance from the Native American nations who were already living in the ceded lands. The Northwest Indian War was a series of battles fought between the Western Confederacy and the American troops for control of the Northwest Territory. Little Turtle, Buckongahelas, and Blue Jacket defeated two of the three battles of the war. In 1790, the first battle was fought at Fort Wayne, Indiana, and General Josiah Harmar and Colonel John Hardin led the American army which numbered 1,453. General Harmar places only 400 men under Colonel Hardin’s charge to confront 1,100 Native American warriors. He was defeated and suffered 129 casualties. One year later, 1791, another army is sent out, and this time led by Major General Arthur St. Clair. His army was worse than that of Harmar’s. His army numbered to 932, and there were also 200…show more content…
To the other stunned chiefs, Little Turtle said he doubted it was possible to defeat three Long Knife armies one after another” (Thom 261). They did not listen to him which led to their defeat in the Battle of Fallen Timbers. These victories were important for the Western Confederacy; because as long as they won, America knew it would be impossible for them to move into the Northwest Territory. Tecumseh was a warrior under the war chiefs of the Western Confederacy; like Little Turtle, he was a very experienced and skilled warrior, but unlike him, Tecumseh never stopped resisting to white encroachment. Tenskwatawa is Tecumseh’s younger brother, and he was also called the Prophet. The two Shawnee brothers both wanted the white settlers to stop stealing their lands away. The Prophet claimed to have received messages and advice from the Creator of Life; she told him how to resist white settlement and remove the white settlers permanently from their lands. Tecumseh and the Prophet create a town, Prophet’s Town, in Greenville, Ohio; many people of different Native American nations go to the town and hear him speak. Many Native Americans trusted and respected him, and they believed in their ideas. There were
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