Pontiac Tragedy

Pontiac War/Pontiac Rebellion

Before the War

Marie S.

Pontiac's Rebellion was a war that was launched in 1763 by the Native American tribes from the Great Lakes region, the Illinois Country, and the Ohio Country who were dissatisfied with British postwar policies in the Great Lakes after the British victory in the French and Indian War. Warriors from other tribes joined the rebellion in an effort to make British soldier and settlers leave. The war is named after the Ottawa leader, Pontiac, the most prominent of many leaders in the conflict.

Pontiac Conspiracy

Reese W.

In the last few days of the French and Indian War, the leader of the Ottawa nations formed an alliance of Western Americans. In May of 1763 Pontiac and his allies attacked British forts and settlements throughout the area. There were about six British forts were destroyed, and at least two thousand backcountry settlers reacted with equal viciousness. They killed Native Americans who hadn’t attacked them. The British finally defeated Pontiac’s forces in the early August at the battle in Fort Pitt. Pontiac continued to fight for another year, but by fall of 1764 the war was over.


Columbia University, Press. "Pontiac's Rebellion." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2011): 1. History Reference Center. Web. 10 Feb. 2013.


"Pontiac." Encyclopedia Britannica. Encyclopedia Britannica Online School Edition.

Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 10 Feb. 2013.<http://school.eb.com/eb/article-9060800>.


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When the Tragedy Ended...

Sophie C.

What is the Pontiac’s war? In 1765 the war had been over. The British asked Pontiac to give the message of peace to the tribes of the Ohio Valley and to serve an intertribal chief in negotiating peace. In 1767, Pontiac signed the peace agreement with the British. In 1769 Pontiac was killed by a Peoria after an argument over a British trader. Many thought the British arranged the killing. The British felt like the Indians were not members of the “family of nations.”




Nativeamericannetroots.net. Native American Net Roots: Pontiac’s War, 2011.Web.8 Feb.2013





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