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american Indian Wars

by Liam Spence

Pages 2 and 3 of 8

Chapter 1: battle of Tippencanoe

The war is beginning, everyone along the Tippecanoe river is in danger. Will anyone be able to stop this fight? Read to find out about the battles during the westward expansion.

Over 200 years ago, the Battle of Tippecanoe happened on November 7, 1811.  It was a fight between American soldiers and Native American warriors.  It all started because the Native American chief of the Shawnee tribe named Tecumseh wanted to set up a settlement to help slow down the Westward expansion. Chief Tecumseh came up with an idea to build a large Native American settlement.  He worked with his brother Tenskwatawa also known as “the Prophet” along with allies to build Prophetstown.  The chief decided to leave to find more allies to help keep the settlers from moving onto their land.  

Governor William Henry Harrison was in charge of defeating the village of Prophetstown.  While Chief Tecumseh was away finding allies, the Governor decided he wanted to attack the village.  However, the Native Americans wanted to talk it out first.  Since the chief wasn’t there, his brother Tenskwatawa talked with the governor and they agreed on a cease fire.  A cease fire means they agreed to stop fighting. The chief told Tenskwatawa not to attack until he got back.  Sadly, he didn’t listen to the chief and decided to do a sneak attack on Harrison and his army. This ended up being a bad idea for the Native Americans.

The Battle of Tippecanoe ended with the American soldiers winning.  They won because they had a bigger army and guns.  Prophetstown was destroyed by Governor Harrison and his men.  

In conclusion, the Battle of Tippecanoe was an important battle during the Westward Expansion because it showed how defeating the Native Americans allowed the settlers to take over more land.  
This is a TRUE picture of the battle of Tippecanoe!