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The death toll in Pontiac’s War was 2,650 people, both British and Native American. Pontiac’s Rebellion was a rebellion that happened in 1763 when the tribes Ottawa, Ojibwa, Shawnee, Miami, Huron, Seneca, and Potawatomi joined together under the leadership of Pontiac, the chief of the Ottawa tribe, and sprung attacks on the British around their area. They captured three major British forts including Fort Pitt and Fort Detroit. Pontiac’s War influenced the American Revolution. Below are the main ideas: Causes, What Happened, Short and Long Term Effects, If It Didn’t Happen, and the Leaders of Pontiac’s War.
One of the causes of Pontiac’s war is that the French had lost the French and Indian War to the British. The French were allies with the Native Americans and treated them with respect. They also gave gifts of gunpowder, guns, animal pelts, and furs, and jewelry to the Native Americans. Britain was not so nice. They invaded the Native Americans’ land without asking; they didn’t exchange gifts because they thought that it was blackmail, and treated them with disrespect. The British had even issued a law that stated that no white man could cross the west side of the Appalachian Mountains without permission. Yet this did not stop the British from crossing the Appalachian Mountains. This angered the Chief Pontiac as he thought they were a threat to daily life. He then brought together the tribes Ottawa, Ojibwa, Shawnee, Miami, Huron, Seneca, and Potawatomi to attack local British settlements and forts.
There are two major things that happened in Pontiac’s Rebellion. They were war and the Proclamation of 1763 was passed. The Native Americans’ goal was to drive out all of the British from the west side of the Appalachian Mountains. The war part of Pontiac’s Rebellion started when the Native Americans attacked a number of forts and settlements resulting in the demolition of eight forts and the capturing or killing of hundreds of colonists. At Fort Pitt the British infected some blankets with the smallpox virus and gave them to the Native Americans and hopefully infecting the Native Americans with the virus so they would stop the rebellion. This just drove the Native Americans and the colonists further apart from each other. This is when the Proclamation of 1763 took its part. To stop more violence, the British issued the Proclamation of 1763 whose purpose...

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