~ 1720 - April 20th, 1769
Chief of Detroit Outaouais Amerindian tribe
Pontiac is one of the most famous Amerindian war chiefs of the 18th century. He is believed to have been born around 1720 in the Outaouais tribe village located in what is now Ohio. He sympathized strongly with the French and was at the head of an alliance of Indian tribes in 1763, in an attempt to repulse the British troops and expel them from the Great Lakes region. This was known as the Pontiac Rebellion. Despite several victories, the French allies abandoned the Indian chief and his coalition. Pontiac was finally obliged to sign a peace treaty with the British in 1765. He was stabbed to death on April 20, 1769, his assassin being an Illinois Amerindian, probably in the pay of the Americans or the British.
Although this warlord's rebellion failed, Pontiac set a great example for many of his successors as they resisted European domination.
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