By William Heath
A servant of empire with deep sympathies for the folk his kingdom sought to dispossess, Wells married leader Little Turtle’s daughter and exclusive himself as a Miami warrior, as an American secret agent, and as an Indian agent whose multilingual talents made him a helpful interpreter. Heath examines pioneer existence within the Ohio Valley from either white and Indian views, yielding wealthy insights into Wells’s occupation in addition to broader occasions at the post-revolutionary American frontier, the place Anglo-Americans pushing westward competed with the Indian countries of the outdated Northwest for regulate of territory.
Wells’s strange occupation, Heath emphasizes, earned him loads of sick will. simply because he warned the U.S. govt opposed to Tecumseh’s confederacy and the Tenskwatawa’s “religiously mad” fans, he was once hated via those that supported the Shawnee leaders. simply because he got here to question treaties he had helped result in, and counseled the Indians approximately their damaging results, he was once distrusted through americans. Wells is a sophisticated hero, and his conflicted place displays the decline of coexistence and cooperation among cultures.
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William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest by William Heath