Beyond Pontiac's Shadow: Michilimackinac and the by Keith R. Widder

By Keith R. Widder

On June 2, 1763, the Ojibwe captured Michigan’s citadel Michilimackinac from the British. Ojibwe warriors from villages on Mackinac Island and alongside the Cheboygan River had shocked the unsuspecting garrison whereas taking part in a video game of baggatiway. at the heels of the trap, Odawa from close by L’Arbre Croche arrived to rescue British prisoners, atmosphere into movement a classy sequence of negotiations between Ojibwe, Odawa, and Menominee and different Indians from Wisconsin. simply because approximately all local humans within the Michilimackinac borderland had allied themselves with the British prior to the assault, they refused to hitch the Michilimackinac Ojibwe of their attempt to oust the British from the higher kingdom; the turmoil successfully halted the fur exchange. past Pontiac’s Shadow examines the conditions major as much as the assault and the process occasions within the aftermath that ended in the regarrisoning of the citadel and the recovery of the fur alternate. on the center of this dialogue is an research of French-Canadian and Indian groups on the Straits of Mackinac and during the will pay d’en haut. An available consultant to this crucial interval in Michigan, American, and Canadian background, past Pontiac’s Shadow sheds beneficial mild on a political and cultural situation.

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After the 15 16 ch apt er one Odawa relocated to L’Arbre Croche in 1742, Du Jaunay moved the mission there, where he also had a farm. The Jesuit administered the sacraments to Roman Catholics living within the fort and others who came each summer from Montreal, La Baye, Chagouamigon, Sault Ste. Marie, and throughout the upper country. While at the fort, he lived in the priest’s house attached to the church. Du Jaunay supervised Jean-Baptiste Amiot, a blacksmith who worked in a shop near the rectory.

Lawrence. The English seized Louisbourg in 1745, but the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1748 restored the fortress to France. 90 • • • People from Michilimackinac participated in the fur trade, Indian affairs, and the seemingly perpetual rivalry between 21 22 ch apt er one of furs to Detroit and then on to Montreal. 91 A nine-mile portage found the Wabash River, a stream that flowed southwest across most of the modern state of Indiana to Ouiatenon (Lafayette, Indiana). Fifteen Canadian traders and their families who resided at the site devoted themselves primarily to the fur trade with neighboring Native people.

In this way the French officer built trust with his Native counterparts. The officer needed to be fair, firm, and friendly and appear to share the Indians’ grief, anger, or fear. 56 The failure of the commandant and fur traders to meet the Indians’ expectations or needs led to a breach in trust and the outbreak of hostilities. The Huron Conspiracy, which occurred in 1747 during King George’s War, shook Michilimackinac, causing much turmoil and anxiety throughout the pays d’en haut. After an English force captured Louisbourg, located on Île Royale (Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia) in 1745, the British were able to stop French ships from bringing supplies to Quebec.

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