Jump to content

Little Turtle

From Simple English Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Little Turtle
Lithograph of Little Turtle, reputedly based upon a lost portrait by Gilbert Stuart that was destroyed when the British burned Washington, D.C., in 1814.[1]
War chief of the Miami people
Personal details
Miami territory, Illinois Country
(modern Whitley County, Indiana, United States)
DiedJuly 14, 1812
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Military service
AllegianceMiami people
Battles/warsNorthwest Indian Wars

Little Turtle (Miami-Illinois: Mihšihkinaahkwa) was a Sagamore (chief) of the Miami people. He was a very famous Native American military leader. He was important in the fights over the Northwest Territory. He was a key leader in the Northwest Indian Wars. Little Turtle made same important victories against the United States. These are sometimes called "Little Turtle's War". A famous victory was St. Clair’s defeat. Mihšihkinaahkwa and natives lost against the United States in the Battle of Fallen Timbers. He signed the Treaty of Greenville. In this treaty, he and other chiefs gave up Native lands to the United States. Afterwards, he told other Natives to keep peace. He stopped the Miami people from joining the Shawnee and Tecumseh. He became famous among American whites and even visited George Washington.[2][3][4]

There is a special burial site for Little Turtle at Fort Wayne, Indiana.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Harvey Lewis Carter (1987). The Life and Times of Little Turtle: First Sagamore of the Wabash. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. pp. 62–63. ISBN 978-0-252-01318-8.
  2. "Little Turtle | Miami chief | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 2022-08-04.
  3. "Michikinikwa - Ohio History Central". ohiohistorycentral.org. Retrieved 2022-08-04.
  4. "Little Turtle". www.supremecourt.ohio.gov. Retrieved 2022-08-04.
  5. Director, Executive (2015-02-19). "Chief Little Turtle Grave Monument". ARCH. Retrieved 2022-08-04.