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The English

The English would establish a presence in the New World when [John Cabot] reached New Foundland and the New England shores of America in 1497.

By 1689, the fierce competition between the French and English would lead to war in Europe and in the America territories. Seventy four years later, in 1763, the [Treaty of Paris] was signed formally ending the dispute. The English would gain control of the Michigan territory and all of Canada from the French. Initially, Michigan was part of a very large Indian reserve that stretched into what is now Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, and the Canadian territories due north of these states.

Relationships between the English and the various Indian nations was not good. While the French treated the Indian with some respect, the English treatment was quite different. The Indians were looked upon as pawns and in the worse of cases, as savages. Many a fur trader literally swiped goods from the Indians in so called trades. And, English authority seemingly could care less about how their decisions might affect the Indians.

A year before England had officially settled conquest of the territory, the various Indian tribes were speaking in terms of war against the white man. [Chief Pontiac] would be the leader of the Indian forces that would attempt to regain control of their native land. He led many successful attacks, but to no avail, the well equipped British forces would be to much for them to overcome.



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