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By Sandy Antal

This formative heritage takes a brand new examine a dramatic conflict-the conflict at the Detroit frontier in 1812-13. strong key avid gamers (Procter, Tecumseh and Brock), their disparate battle goals, and the "all or not anything" personality of the campaigns they waged nonetheless appear larger than lifestyles. but Sandy Antal's cautious reconstruction of local and nationwide aspiration, vested colonial curiosity, and territorial aggression, unearths causes and expedients that have been as frequently mundane as heroic. A Wampum Denied reassesses the much-maligned profession of Henry Procter, commander of the British forces, lines the Canadian/British/Native part of the clash (amid a literature ruled via the yank view), and casts new mild on an allied army technique that virtually succeeded, but if it failed, failed spectacularly.

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His control over the warriors has been much exaggerated as he was unable to direct them in a uniform aim (on the Maumee and Thames campaigns). Tecumsehs lofty vision of collective Native resistance to white encroachment followed the example established by the Ottawa chief, Pontiac and the Miami chief, Little Turtle. Even without the mythology, Tecumseh was an exceptionally intelligent, energetic, dedicated, and eloquent Native leader who demonstrated humanity and vision. He gave his all courageously for his people.

Clair (1791) in Ohio. Furthermore, in 1794, LieutenantGovernor John Graves Simcoe had established the British post of Fort Miamis in Ohio in open defiance of American sovereignty. This international slight almost erupted into a shooting war when American forces under Maj. Gen. S. territory in 1796, her activities continued to rouse resentment in the republic: "I cannot believe our government will neglect to authorize us to take immediately the British side of the strait [the Detroit River], from the lowest settlement to the River Thames ...

27 From a purely military point of view, Upper Canada was extremely vulnerable to attack. Its defence fell to only one regiment, the 41st, augmented by a smattering of other units, the whole amounting to 1658 regular soldiers (including colonial fencible troops who were trained, paid, and equipped as regulars). These were spread over a dozen posts along the exposed frontier waterways from Montreal to upper Lake Huron. The eleven thousand Upper Canadian militiamen were ill equipped, untrained, and poorly motivated.

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