Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sandusky reversal

After the surrender of the Brits at Yorktown in October 1781, the war for independance raged on in the west.

"Crawfords expedition" led 500 Patriot militiamen into Ohio Indian territory (May-June 1782)...Indians, with some Brits, beat the Patriots, and General Crawford- a personal friend of George Washington- was captured, tortured, and killed. The militia men fled back to Pennsylvania..., and about ten days later, another Indian force raided a town in Pennsylvania, killing many inhabitants.

Terror gripped the hearts of the settlers along the frontier. Another British victory- in Kentucky, The battle of Blue Licks- caused the Patriots to fear that the war might be lost after all. This was nine months after Yorktown.

Then- British officers in Ohio learned that London had opened up peace negotiations. The war was over-everywhere.

The death of Crawford inflamed settler opinion against the Indians for years to come...

The Treaty of Paris (1783) that ended the war -didn't mention the Indians at all. The Brits left them to twist in the wind...


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