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Mohawk Warrior from Tyendinaga, 1813

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This man is from one of the several Iroquois settlements established in Canada after the American Revolution (1775-1783). With face paint, capot (coat), sash and mitasses (leggings), he is dressed for cold weather. Warriors from several settlements (including Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ontario) gave outstanding services during the War of 1812. One triumph was at Beaver Dams in June 1813. Warned by Laura Secord, a party of 100 Mohawks from Grand River joined with a 300-strong group of Iroquois from Kanesatake, Kahnawake (both near Montreal, Quebec) and Akwesasne (near Cornwall, Ontario) to force a strong American force to surrender at Beaver Dams on 24 June 1813. Reconstruction by Ronald B. Volstad. (Canadian Department of National Defence)

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Battle of Thames and death of Tecumseh (right), 5 November 1813

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This rather romanticized American print of 1839 shows the death of Shawnee chief Tecumseh (circa 1768 – 1813) at the Battle of Thames, 5 November 1813. The American General William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), holding an upraised sword, and Kentucky Governor Shelby are shown at the centre. Harrison would win the US presidential election of November 1840 based in part on his military reputation.

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British Naval Defeat, Then Disaster on Land

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The naval battle of Put-In-Bay in September 1813 gave the Americans control over Lake Erie. Procter's British army, its supply lines cut, was retreating when it was destroyed by the invading Americans at Moraviantown in October. Tecumseh was the most important casualty.

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