37. What renowned First Nations organizer perished in Canada while in battle against a future U.S. president?
Answer to Canada Quiz #37
Many Americans consider the War of 1812 an obscure and inconsequential conflict between Britain and the fledgling U.S. that ended in a stalemate. Canadians, on the other hand, often see the war as a struggle for the nation’s survival against foreign aggressors from the south, and a fight that they won.
Contributing to Canada’s success was its military alliance with Native American tribes, most notably the confederation led by Shawnee chief Tecumseh. A gifted orator, Tecumseh used continuing U.S. encroachment on tribal lands to promote solidarity and fighting fervor among the Native Americans of the Old Northwest.
Tecumseh’s forces helped British General Isaac Brock take Fort Detroit in 1812. However, the next year at the Battle of the Thames in present-day Chatham-Kent, Ontario, the British under Henry Procter retreated, leaving the Native American Confederacy heavily outnumbered by future president William Henry Harrison’s U.S. army. Tecumseh suffered mortal wounds in the battle.