Early American History Seminar: John Reda, University of Illinois at Chicago

Early American History and Culture Seminar
Thursday, January 15, 2009

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

“From Tippecanoe to Portage des Sioux: The Wars of 1812 in the Early American West”
John Reda, University of Illinois at Chicago
This paper traces the economic and diplomatic causes of the violence between the U.S., Great Britain and Native Americans between the Battle of Tippecanoe and the Portage des Sioux treaty conference. At stake was sovereignty over the western Great Lakes and the lower Ohio and upper Mississippi valleys. The inconclusive nature of the fighting compelled the U.S. to seek peace with the Native Americans through negotiation, rather than from a position of overwhelming strength.