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Taylor, Alan. “Pontiac’s War.” American Heritage (2010): 30-31. (2)
“Pontiac’s War”, written by Alan Taylor, highlights the rebellion against Britain by Great Lakes Indians in a manner which works to describe the ordeal rather factually. Detailing the slaughter of Pani at the hands of Baron Amherst, Taylor’s piece also describes the ending of Pontiac’s Rebellion and therefor details the “deepen[ing of] the clash between the Indian’s and colonists”.15 One major point of Taylor’s retelling is the protocol followed by the British in order to keep their reputation intact. After hearing of Amherst’s unruliness “the crown recalled him in disgrace” and eventually had to agree upon removing the Great Lakes Indians from traditional British Law. Because of this Pontiac’s Rebellion worked to bring Native American’s closer to the British, but at the same time separated them even more, especially after a failed attempt to draw a border along the Appalachian Mountains in an attempt to separate settlers from Indians and thus avoid conflict. Taylor’s piece shows an effort on the part of settlers, in this case the British, to reconcile the immense wrongs put against the Native Americans with some small consolation – usually a measly comparison to the lives taken on the side of the Great Lakes Indians.




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