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William Henry Harrison
War of 1812


Definition: Shawnee chief who fought alongside his brother, the Shawnee Prophet, in trying to stop American settlement in the Old Northwest. In 1811, he went to visit the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek tribes, to enlist their support against American expansion. Tecumseh left his brother in charge and told him not to attack nearby American forces. The Shawnee Prophet ignored his brother's warnings and attacked Americans at Prophet's Town, near Tippecanoe Creek. The American forces, under Indiana Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison, fought back. This was later called the Battle of Tippecanoe. Tecumseh then joined the British side in the War of 1812. He fought in several battles, ending with the Battle of the Thames, in which he was killed.

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The War of 1812
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The 19th Century
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Elsewhere on the Web:
The History of Tecumseh and the Battle of Tippecanoe Creek
This large site has LOTS of information on both the Shawnee leader and the battle he missed.

Tecumseh: Chief of the Shawnee
Learn more about the famous Shawnee chief who wanted peace but had war thrust on him.

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