Who was Tecumseh and Where did Tecumseh come from?

After the American Revolution, thousands of American settlers flooded into the Ohio River Valley, pushing tribes such as the Shawnee, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi out of their lands.

Tecumseh was a Shawnee leader who believed these tribes needed to band together to fight the American intruders. He was inspired by the beliefs of his younger brother, Tenskwatawa.

Tenskwatawa was a religious prophet who preached that Americans were the children of the evil Great Serpent and that Indians should end all contact with them.

A great speaker, Tecumseh traveled through present-day Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois asking the Indians there to join his confederacy.

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