Tecumseh's Rebellion (American Indians Ready Reference)
Article abstract: Tecumseh, a powerful advocate of united Indian resistance to American encroachments onto Indian lands east of the Mississippi River, led what many believe was the last great hope for effective Indian opposition to the advance of the European American frontier in the eastern portion of the United States.
Soon after the conclusion of the Treaty of Fort Greenville in 1795, frontiersmen, land speculators, and settlers surged into the newly opened lands and beyond into Indian country, thereby exacerbating tensions with the tribes. As pressure mounted for further expansion beyond the line delimited under the terms of the Treaty of Fort Greenville, the governor of the new Indiana Territory, William Henry Harrison, inaugurated a policy designed to acquire additional territory from the Indians incrementally. Hence, between 1802 and 1809, Harrison and Governor William Hull of the Michigan Territory concluded a series of treaties under the terms of which a significant portion of the area between the Great Lakes, the Ohio River, and the Mississippi River were opened for settlement. As the white settlers pressed against the Indians from the south and east, the tribes north of the Ohio Valley were simultaneously pressed from the west by the expansive Chippewa and Sioux in the upper Mississippi region. Hence, under vicelike pressure from several directions, the tribes increasingly concluded that they would have to coordinate their...
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