Monday, August 27, 2012

Pre-War Rhetoric: Playing A New Game With The Americans

From the Illinois River Potawatomi in the War of 1812:

"American apprehensions were well founded.  Main Poc had returned to northern Illinois after visiting Malden; and assisted by White Pigeon, a Potawatomi chief from southern Michigan, he held a council with the Potawatomi and Kickapoo of the Peoria region.  His purpose was to form the scattered villages of Potawatomi and Kickapoo into an effective military force, and he exhorted the warriors to violence, assuring them that he would 'play a new game with the Americans.'"

The Peoria, Illinois, Riverfront

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