Red Men of the Ohio Valley

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 212 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. The West surrendered by the French--Expedition of Mojor Rogers--PontUc's Conspiracy. The fall of Fort Du Quesne in 1758, at the approach of General Forbes through Pennsylvania, terminated all open contest between the French and English or American settlers. The success of that expedition may have been attribntablo largely to the efforts of a Moravian missionary, Charles Frederic Post. He is first mentioned in Moravian annals as laboring at Shekomeko, in 1743, a location near the present site of Poughkeepsie, New York, where he married an Indian convert, and after imprisonment upon a false accusation of instigating the French against the English, a brief resumption of his missionary duties among the Connecticut Indians, and a subsequent residence with the Delawares in Pennsylvania, he was induced to make two journeys into the Ohio Valley, in the summer and autumn of 1758, with overtures of peace for the Indians. He conferred with eight nations, and was successful in preventing an attack upon Forbes' expedition. Ho first visited "Kushkushkee," a town on the Big Beaver Creek, containing ninety houses and two hundred warriors; and then traversed the Indian country, under a guaranty of protection, in which they assured him "they would carry him in HOO) their bosom, and he need fear nothing." At a final conference opposite Fort Du Quesne, their allegianco to English rule was secured, notwithstanding their protest against the greedy cupidity of the whites in seizing upon their lands.' They said: "Why did you not fight your battles at home, or on the sea, instead of coming into our country to fight them?" they asked again and again, and were mournful whin they thought of the future. "Your heart is good," they said to Post; 11 you speak sincerely; but w...

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