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Transcript of Tecumseh
Tecumseh's Significance to The War of 1812
Tecumseh was born in 1768, in Ohio Valley. His name meant Shooting Star. He was a member and
chief of the Shawnee people.
He and his brother, Tenskwatawa brought together
First Nations to fight against the Americans from settling.
He wanted to protect the First Nation's traditions.
Tecumseh was a respected First Nation chief of the Shawnee people.
He hoped that the British would help him to protect Native lands from the Americans.
His father, Pukeshinwau died in a war between
the British and the First Nations in 1774.
He and his parents were Shawnees who spoke
From childhood, Tecumseh regarded the Americans
as his enemies because they had taken Shawnee
land, killed his father and destroyed his towns.
Tecumseh Meets Brock
On August 13th, 1812, a meeting took place in Fort Amherstburg between General Isaac Brock
Although many of Brock's advisers did not approve of
his decision, to attack Detroit, Tecumseh was really impressed.
In 1809, Tecumseh got many people's attention by saying:
In 1811, Tecumseh made an alliance with the British and he got the position of a brigadier-general in the army.
In 1812, he managed to trick the Americans to thinking that the British had way more soldiers than they had expected.
"Sell a country'? Why not sell the air, the great sea, as well as the earth?'
Who Was Tecumseh?
August 15th, 1812; Isaac Brock, his soldiers, Tecumseh and the First Nations warriors attacked Detroit. General Hull (of the Americans), surrendered as soon he saw them , because he did not expect these many First Nations warriors.
It was a great victory for the allies and a disheartening defeat for the Americans. Tecumseh played a major role and gained the admiration of Isaac Brock.
Tecumseh's contribution was an important role in between the wars of the British and the Americans. Without the First Nations, the war would have been way different in was. Tecumseh had predicted that his people would suffer at the hands of the Americans and it had turned out to be right. Their way of living and traditions were changed forever.
Although they were greatly outnumbered, Tecumseh did
not want to retreat without a fight when the Americans attacked. Tecumseh stood confidently and encouraged his people. That is when Tecumseh was killed; one of the Long Knives had shot him. He was so famous and admired, many claimed that they had shot him. With their commander dead, the men did not have anything to do except surrender.
The British lost 634 men killed or captured in the battle, but the greatest loss was Tecumseh.
Tecumseh passed away on October 5, 1813, when he got shot by one of his enemies.
Chief Tecumseh objected the decision of his warriors.
They were not sure whether they wanted to retreat and wanted a fight against the Americans.
Tecumseh started wondering about the willingness of the British to fight the Americans, fearing their ally might betray the trust of the First Nations as they had before.
Tecumseh was concerned that a weak retreat would leave the Aboriginal settlements at risk, so this American attack needed to be challenged.