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Chief Obwandiyag Pontiac Odawa

Birthdate:
Birthplace: near Ottawa village on the Detroit or Maumee Rivers, New France
Death: April 20, 1769 (54-55)
Cahokia, Province, of, Quebec City, Quebec (Urban Agglomeration), Quebec, Canada
Place of Burial: Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Obwandiyag Odawa and Ojibwa Indian
Husband of Kan-tuck-ee-gun Mannon Labadie
Father of Marie Mannon le Sauvagesse de Sauteuse; Nabankkum Nebankkum Pontiac; Njikwisena Pontiac; Kasahda Pontiac; Otussa Pontiac and 2 others
Brother of Louis-Thérèse Therese Chevalier and Chenewabe Pontiac

Occupation: Ottawa leader
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About Chief Pontiac

Chief Pontiac (1720 - April 20, 1769) was a great leader of the Ottawa Indian tribe. He organized his and other tribes in the Great Lakes area to fight the British, in what is known as Pontiac's War (1763-1764).

Chief and Leader of Many Tribes

Pontiac became chief of the Ottawa Indians in 1755. He soon became the head of the Council of Three Tribes, an intertribal group consisting of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and Ojibwa people. The French traders and the Indian tribes had coexisted well, trading furs for supplies like food, guns, ammunition, and tobacco. In 1760, the British had just defeated the French and taken over their forts. Sir Jeffrey Amherst, Major Robert Rogers and British/colonial troops occupied Fort Detroit, and the British took possession of other forts around the Great Lakes region. Some of the British, including Amherst, were contemptuous of the Indians, limiting trade and angering the tribes.

Attacking the British

In 1762, Pontiac enlisted all of the local tribes to drive out the British. The English called this action "Pontiac's Conspiracy." Pontiac's strategy was to have each of the 18 local Indian tribes attack the fort nearest to them in May 1763, and then to eliminate the British settlements. Pontiac planned to begin the rebellion by taking Fort Detroit.

Attacking Detroit and the Other Forts

Pontiac planned to conquer Fort Detroit (what is now Detroit, Michigan) on May 7, 1762, but his plan was betrayed, and the British found out about it. He therefore did not attack as planned. Pontiac did lay siege to Detroit, encircling the fort with warriors, blocking supplies and reinforcements. On July 31, Pontiac won the Battle of Bloody Run, but reinforcements eventually did come to Detroit, and Pontiac retreated. The tribes captured eight of the 12 forts that they attacked, and the settlements were left in ruins.

Surrender

By 1764 the French no longer supported the Indian efforts and actually sided with the British, and the British re-took many of the areas. Pontiac agreed to a peace treaty in July 1766 at Fort de Chartres, Illinois. He was murdered by a Peoria Indian three years later. To avenge Pontiac's death, the Ottawa Indians killed many Peoria Indians.


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Chief Pontiac's Timeline

1714
1714
near Ottawa village on the Detroit or Maumee Rivers, New France
1747
June 1747
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States
1750
1750
1750
1756
1756
1760
1760
Canada
1760
1763
1763
Age 49
1769
April 20, 1769
Age 55
Cahokia, Province, of, Quebec City, Quebec (Urban Agglomeration), Quebec, Canada