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Tecumseh was a very significant Native American who gave his life for what he believed He knew that the Americans were a tremendous threat to all Indian tribes and realized that the Indians would be destroyed one by one if not united Tecumseh created a confederation of thirty-two tribes in hopes that the Americans would recognize their borders and thus put a halt to westward expansion His confederation may have succeeded if it were not for the mistakes made by his brother Laulewasika the Americans violent actions towards the Indian tribes and the unwillingness of the different tribes to cooperate Tecumseh was born in March of 1768 His real name was Tecumtha which meant panther lying in wait but to the white men he was called Tecumseh which stood for shooting star His father was a Shawnee war chief named Puckeshinwa who was an intelligent man that saw the advantage of keeping friendly relations with the Americans Patriot 137 When Tecumseh was a young boy his father was shot by a group of settlers that were in the Shawnees land When his father did not come home Tecumseh went out in search of him When he found his father dying from the wound and learned what had happened he was filled with rage and animosity towards the white people Patriot 140 Tecumseh was very young at the time of his fathers death so he was raised by his Mother and his brothers and sisters His mother taught him to hate the Americans and never let him forget that they had killed his father His oldest brother Chiksika taught him to be a warrior and his sister told him to have respect for his elders and to respect all people A Shawnee chief by the name of Blackfish also adopted Tecumseh into his family and acted as a father figure Blackfish saw the Americans as a threat and urged that they had to be
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