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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 11

Pontiac Plans to Wipe Out the English Invaders


THE ferment in the camps of the savages was contagious. It was not confined to any locality, but appears to have been general throughout the country. It was at this critical time that the astute chieftain, Pontiac, appeared upon the scene. But for him the tumult might have expended itself in a few impulsive raids or disconnected attacks which would have been easily suppressed and without any very serious results. Mention has been already made of the circumstance that Pontiac met Major Rogers on his way to Detroit and demanded to know by what right he presumed to enter the country without the permission of the lord thereof. His conduct on that occasion proved him to be a diplomat. With great dignity he asserted his authority as chief of the rightful owners of the land. He undertook to impress upon the invaders his assumption that they could come in only by sufferance. At the same time he yielded with apparent cheerfulness and allowed the English to pass on. It must have been plain to him that the time was not yet ripe to assume the offensive. The savages were not organized sufficiently to resist the well disciplined forces of the English army. To attack with a disorganized rabble meant sure defeat, and defeat under such circumstances would very likely put an end to all future hope. Therefore Pontiac concealed the real state of his feelings and without making any hostile demonstration he permitted the English to occupy Detroit. With great dissimulation he even aided their progress into the country and thus deceived them as to his sentiments and purposes.
Pontiac was at this time about fifty years of age. As chief he appears to have enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all the Algonquin tribes. He was possessed of remarkable natural gifts of mind, which accounts for his influence over his savage tribesmen.

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