Forts Under Siege
This is how it happened, Pontiac convened a war council that included leaders from many tribes.1 The Indians carried weapons to do a surprise attack. Pontiac wanted to have the fort for him and some of the other chiefs. They planned a coordinated attack on multiple forts held by the British. It was planned on April 1763. They planned to attack a fort in Detroit. Pontiac the Ottawas, Wyandots, Potawatomis, and Ojibwas, attacked the fort on May 10.2
o Citation: “Pontiac's Rebellion begins.” 2013. The History Channel website. Feb 7 2013
Columbia University, Press. "Pontiac's Rebellion." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2011): 1. History Reference Center. Web. 11 Feb. 2013.
Pontiac began a siege on a fort in Detroit. British relief troops attacked his camp, and suffered heavy losses, at the Battle of Bloody Run. All over former British territories Native American tribes were rebelling. A siege on Fort Pitt took place. Both Fort Pitt and Fort Niagara held up. Eight forts were captured. Two British expeditions were sent out. One was very successful and made the Delawares and the Shawnees surrender. This broke Pontiac’s treaty with those tribes and he couldn’t get western tribes or French support. He signed a peace treaty with the British in 1766.1
1 History Channel Website. “Pontiac’s Rebellion Begins.” History.com. History Channel Website 2013. Web. 1996-2013. 8 February 2013.
After Pontiac lost against the British in their goal to defeat the army in Detroit, many other losses were accompanied. After they lost, Pontiac, the leader of the attack, was murdered by a Peoria Indian when he visited Illinois. After he was killed, many tribes broke out into warfare, which caused massive amounts of death and injuries. Some tribes were nearly wiped out, including the Peoria’s. Plus the British took more French territories form North America and did not lose Detroit. Here are some things that happened after The Pontiac Rebellion.
“Pontiac’s Rebellion Begins.” History.com. History Channel Website 2013. Web. 1996-2013. 8 February 2013.