THE GREAT INDIAN WARS • Indian front, with assistance from the British, was the only way to stop the human wave of settlers who threatened to drown them. • Tecumseh forged an Indian confederation of numerous Indian tribes that was unique in Indian warfare. • Tecumseh argued eloquently that Indians should not recognize the white man’s views of land ownership nor adopt the white man ways. • After some initial successes, Tecumseh was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811 by General Harrison’s forces and the Indian confederacy died with him. • The War of 1812 soon followed as the “war hawks” sought control of Canada and loudly voiced their support of freedom of the seas, which they insisted was being violated by the arrogant British government. • The “war hawks” and their followers seem to have overlooked the fact that the French were also guilty of violating the rights of a neutral nation during the Napoleonic Wars. •
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