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Tippecanoe

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Definition: Battle between Native Americans and Americans that made a hero out of William Henry Harrison (who took the nickname "Tippecanoe"). In 1811, Shawnee chief Tecumseh went to visit the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek tribes, to enlist their support against American expansion. Tecumseh left his brother, the Shawnee Prophet, in charge and told him not to attack nearby American forces. The Shawnee Prophet ignored his brother's warnings and attacked the Americans anyway, near Tippecanoe Creek. The American forces, under Indiana Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison, fought back. They burned Prophet's Town, the Shawnee's chief village, for good measure. The battle wasn't really a victory for either side, but it made Harrison a hero.

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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.

Historical Accounts of the Battle
This site's information is based directly on eyewitness accounts of the battle.

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