Battle Of Tippecanoe Essay

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Register to read the introduction… Maliciously, he sped up this process of migration by encouraging Natives to run up debts with traders. To pay off debts owed, the natives would have been forced to sell their precious land. Many First Nation's people fought mercilessly against the invasion of white men. The American's then sent many punitive expeditions to take the land by force. In 1811, friction arose between America and the northwest First Nations. This caused the Battle of Tippecanoe, in which two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa led a native movement to resist the invasions of William Henry Harrison, the Governor of the Indiana Territory. Harrison was intent on moving the Nations out to make room for American settlers. Despite several attempts at negotiation, Harrison and the brothers were headed for a tragic collision. In November of 1811, while Tecumseh was away enlisting support for his confederacy, Harrison moved 1000 men up the Wabash River towards Prophet's Town, where Tecumseh and company was settled. Harrison knew that Washington DC would call for a peaceful treaty, but the troops were itching for a bloody battle. Three native messengers came to Harrison and declared that Tenskwatawa was willing to meet them the next day to discuss demands. Harrison and men moved camp to a mile away from Prophet's Town (Findling, …show more content…
Though the Americans were massacred and ambushed, Harrison spoke of the battle as a ‘victory for settler's rights' and won national fame. Though, contrary to hopes of America, the battle of Tippecanoe didn't destroy Tecumseh's confederacy or power. Many tribes of the First Nations were so infuriated by Harrison's tactics that they joined with the British military just to fight against the Americans. Even after all this conflict between the First Nations, America was still blinded and believed that British agents were influencing the Indians to rebel. America failed to recognize their own selfishness in denying the Natives rights to land and culture was the reason for the

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