The Great Native American Chiefs

Little Turtle (1752-1812)

Little Turtle, adopted into the Miami tribe, was born in 1752 in the Illinois country. As a war chief of the Miami tribe, he defeated U.S. General Josiah Harmar on the Miami River in 1791 and General Arthur St. Clair at St. Marys. Little Turtle initially fought alongside Blue Jacket, but by the time of the great Indian defeat at Fallen Timbers he had begun to counsel peace, and he did not fight in this battle. In 1797 he met George Washington and became an ally of the Americans. Little Turtle kept the Miamis neutral during Tecumseh's wars against the whites. He died at Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1812.

Source: Famous Native American Leaders - Dover Press


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