Seneca Indians: Allies And Enemies Essay

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Seneca Indians: Allies and Enemies      Seneca are among the most respected and feared. The Seneca are culturally similar to their Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, an Mohawk confederates. The five tribes were known as the Five Nations or the League of Five Nations. Sometime between 1715 and 1722 the Tuscaroras from North Carolina joined the confederacy and changed the name to the Six Nations.      In their relations with white settlers the Seneca played the role of an independent power and were this way from the very start. During the colonial period they held the balance of power between the French and English. Particulary around the Canadian border. The Seneca opposed the extension of French…show more content…
Grand on the Board of Indian Commissioners. For a while he lived in the Canadian woods under traditional Iroquoian style. Parker served as military secretary to General Grant. Parker came under attack in an investigation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs about corruption. Government records say he was thrown out he had really resigned his position. Parker was also the author of a book called The Character of Grant.      Red Jacket- Red Jacket was a Seneca chief know for his strong personality, and political shrewdness. Sagoyewatha was his Indian name. He had the ability to stay uncommitted even in crises like John Sullivan's raids on Iroquois settlements in 1779. He greatly opposed land sales to settlers, but to gain his people's support he secretly sold land to keep esteem among the white people. When the Seneca were put into the Revolutionary War in support of the British, Red Jacket proved to be a very unenthusiastic warrior. He earned himself the name Red Jacket from wearing the British's red coat. During the War of 1812 he fought on the American side against the British.      Cornplanter- Cornplanter was a famous Seneca Indian chief and statesman, who during the American Revolution led his warriors against the colonists in many important campaigns. He was half-brother of the Seneca prophet Handsome Lake. Cornplanter eventually accepted the outcome on the war and became a great supporter of the United States.
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