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Native American Leader of the Shawnee Tecumseh

Profession: Native American Leader of the Shawnee

Nationality: Shawnee

Why Famous: Leader of a large tribal confederacy (known as Tecumseh's Confederacy) which opposed the United States during Tecumseh's War and became an ally of Britain in the War of 1812.

Birthplace: Ohio, USA

Died: October 5, 1813
Cause of Death: Killed in battle

Historical Events

  • 1812-08-05 War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat
  • 1812-08-16 General Hull surrenders Detroit and Michigan territory to British forces under the command of Major General Sir Isaac Brock, who capture Fort Detroit with the help of Indigenous warriors led by Tecumseh

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