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114   CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.

 

The English treated them roughly, and settled on their hunting-grounds, but the French treated them like equals, and sometimes lived in the Indian way and married Indian women.

The   About this time a Delaware Indian, claim-

Delaware   ing to be a prophet, tried to rouse his

Prophet. countrymen to fight the British. He cried shame on all who followed the customs of the white men, even on those who merely used white men's tools and arms. The British soon found out that the Indians were plotting to capture different forts, but they took little trouble to prevent a rising.

The Indians at this time had a very clever Pontiac. leader, an Ottawa chief, named Pontiac. Other tribes besides his own looked up to him. But he was a thorough savage in his way of thinking and acting, and, like the Prophet, hated the customs of the white men. When news of the treaty came, he sent the war-belt to many tribes, and by the end of April, 1763, a host of warriors had gathered near Detroit...-

Detroit then contained about a hundred Detroit. houses, a church, and two or three other buildings, surrounded by a palisade. To defend the place there were only one hundred and twenty soldiers and a few fur-traders, mostly French; but Major Glad-win, who was in command, was a good and clever officer.

Several times Pontiac tried to take the town by cunning, but he could not cheat Gladwin. At last, after murdering a number of white people who lived outside the palisade, the Indians attacked the town openly, though they were generally afraid to attack any kind of fort. They could not force their way in, but they surrounded it on all sides, and the British were nearly starved. They themselves were short of food, but they kept Gladwin shut up in Detroit till cold wintry weather forced them to give up the siege.


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