❖ July 2, 1809 ❖ Shawnee Chief Tecumseh calls on all Indians to unite and resist. Together, Tecumseh argued, the various tribes had enough strength to stop the whites from taking further land. By 1810, he had organized the Ohio Valley Confederacy, which united Indians from the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Winnebago, Menominee, Ottawa, and Wyandot nations.
Wording on Display: Greenville treaty pipe. Presented to the Shawnee, 1814. "The way, the only way to stop this evil, is for all the red men to unite in claiming a common and equal right in the land." These were the words of the great Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, who tried to create a united Indian nation to resist white territorial expansion. The acceptance of the Greenville treaty pipe by the Shawnee, as an individual tribe, symbolized the end of Tecumseh's vision.
Tecumseh a leader and visionary wanted to form a Confederacy of Indian Nations for dealing with treaties, so that diverse native groups could have more understanding and more control of the land being discussed. When a US general refused to allow Tecumseh's Confederacy to have its capital at Tippecanoe, Tecumseh sought Britain as an ally. However, when Tecumseh was killed in 1813, the plans for a First Nations Confederacy fell apart. The painting of Tecumseh supposed to be his best likeness.