Northwest Territory, 1763: Pontiac’s Speech

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 It is important for us, my brothers, that we exterminate from our land this nation which only seeks to kill us. You see, as well as I do, that we cannot get our supplies as we had from our brothers, the French. The English sell us merchandise twice dearer than the French… and their wares [are worth] nothing. When I go to the English chief to tell him that some of our comrades are dead, instead of weeping for the dead… he makes fun of me and you… There is no more time to lose, and when the English shall be defeated… we shall cut the passage so that they cannot come back to our country.

-Chronicles of American Indian Protest, 40-41




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