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Battle of Moraviantown, 1813 (Battle of the Thames)

Battle of Moraviantown

Photo by contributor Florin Marksteiner - Posted May, 2014

Battle of Moraviantown

Photo by contributor Florin Marksteiner - Posted May, 2014

Battle of Moraviantown

Photo by contributor Florin Marksteiner - Posted September, 2014

Battle of Moraviantown

Photo by contributor Florin Marksteiner - Posted May, 2014

Tecumseh

Photo Source - Wikimedia

Tecumseh

Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons

Plaque Location

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent
On Road 2 (Longwoods Road) at street number 14376
4.2 km east of Road 21 in Thamesville


Coordinates: N 42 33.920 W 81 55.834

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Plaque Text

In September 1813, during the second year of the War of 1812, the United States won control of Lake Erie, cutting British supply lines with the east and forcing the British to withdraw from the Detroit River region. Then, on October 5, 1813, 3,000 Americans, including their Aboriginal allies, defeated 950 British, Canadians, and Natives at this site. Among those killed was the famous Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, who had worked to unite the First Nations in neighbouring American territory to resist settler expansion into their homelands and unwanted influence in their lives. The battle placed a small part of Upper Canada under enemy occupation until 1815, when the War of 1812 ended and it returned to British control. Tecumseh's dream, however, largely died with him, as the war only delayed American expansion into Indigenous territory in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.


Another plaque at this location
Tecumseh 1768-1813

Related Ontario plaque
The Capture of Detroit

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