How did Tecumseh’s confederacy succeed in uniting Native Americans?

Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa rallied many Native Americans to their cause.

But while Tecumseh was journeying through the Southeast looking for more support, the confederacy was dealt a serious blow. Troops led by William Henry Harrison attacked and destroyed Tippecanoe, the town that served as Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa’s headquarters.

Tecumseh’s forces continued to fight until October 1813, when Harrison once again met Tecumseh’s followers at the Battle of the Thames. During the fighting, Tecumseh was killed. Without his leadership, his warriors became disorganized, and Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa’s dream of a united Indian nation faded.

In 1840 William Henry Harrison and John Tyler were elected president and vice-president. Their campaign slogan, “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too”, reminded voters of Harrison’s victory over Tecumseh’s forces In the Battle of Tippecanoe.

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