The Shawnees and the War for America

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The Shawnees and the War for America

Author: Colin G. Calloway
Publisher: Viking Adult
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 256
Cover Price: $ 19.95

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Long before the American Revolution, the Shawnees lived in Ohio, hunted in Kentucky, and traveled as far afield as Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Missouri. White settlers, however, sharply curtailed their freedom. With the courage and resilience embodied by their legendary leader Tecumseh, the Shawnee tribe waged a war of territorial and cultural resistance that lasted for more than sixty years. For a time the Shawnees and their allies met American forces on nearly equal terms--but their story is of an embattled nation fighting to maintain its cultural and political independence.

Here is the account of the early American settlers` drive to occupy the West, the Shawnees` unwavering defense of their homeland, and the bitter battles that resulted. Here too are the alliances that the Shawnees forged with their Indian neighbors to present a united resistance, as well as instances of cooperation, collaboration, and intermarriage between the opposing forces.

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Background Information

That the territory that is now the state of Ohio was closed to settlement by the British was one of the contributing factors in the Revolution. Kentucky was a state created soon after independence in the frontier across the Appalachians, bounded on the north by the Ohio River.