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Behind them the Detroit River reflected the redness of a beautiful sunset Eckert 268 The beauty of the surroundings of the Detroit area during the 1760s made it hard to believe that ill intentions were bore there Yet there in that place and at that time An Ottawa chief by the name of Pontiac incited an uprising of at least eighteen tribes Presently one asks why how and what does it mean to the people of today to answer these questions is the obligation met by this paper The Indian is a true child of the forest and the desert The wastes and solitudes of nature are his congenial home His haughty mind is imbued with the spirit of the wilderness Parkman 359 If one wishes to understand the uprising of Pontiac he must first understand Pontiacs upraising and surroundings Pontiac was born of an Ottawa and either a Chippewa or a Miami He was a tall powerful and apparently very clever man He was very influential controlling the Potawatomis Ottawas and Ojibwas as chief he swayed the decisions of all the tribes in the Illinois area and was well respected from the Ohio River to the Mississippi River Some people speculate that he partially controlled tribes as far away as Maryland I mean to destroy the English and leave not one upon our lands Parkman 605 The query on the mind is Why would Pontiac want to achieve this goal The obvious answer is that the spiteful English took over Fort Detroit from the congenial French This opens the question of why the Indians did not like the English That is answered with Englands Indian policy which says that the English have no obligation to maintain the Indians General Jeffery Amherst instigated this policy saying that the English no longer needed to supply the Indians with gunpowder and stating that the gifts which had kept the Indians satisfied brought by traders were to cease
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