Pontiac's Rebellion
April 12, 2019
Pontiac's Rebellion

The Great Lakes native uprising was led by Chief Pontiac of the Ottawas, who the car’s named after. Pontiac’s Rebellion occurred 1763 to 1766. The war began in May 1763 when Native Americans, offended by the policies of British General Jeffrey Amherst, attacked a number of British forts and settlements. One of these policies was to stop paying the Seneca people for help with the portage. When people were traveling along the Niagara River, the canoes were taken out of the water before the rapids, and carried on land to the other side of the rapids so that the journey could continue. The Europeans used the Natives for this service. Once they were stopped being paid, the Natives rebelled. Eight forts were destroyed, and hundreds of colonists were killed or captured, and many more fled the region. The Native Americans were unable to drive away the British, but the uprising prompted the British government to modify the policies that had provoked the conflict. For fear of retaliation by the British Army in the native villages, the Iroquois Confederation made an agreement and gave the British the land along the Niagara River, from Lake Eerie, to Lake Ontario, both sides and the British promised not to retaliate. The Seneca tribe occupied this land and were still allowed to live and travel in the area. The British then improved relations with the natives and the Iroquois became allies of the British which later helped them in the War of 1812.

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