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Definition: Tippecanoe, Battle of from Rourke's Native American History & Culture Encyclopedia

was fought in 1811 in Indiana between U.S. forces and Tecumseh's confederation. Both sides fought for land rights. William Henry Harrison, the governor of Indiana Territory, led the U.S. forces in an attempt to clear the area for American settlers. Tecumseh's confederation fought to keep their homeland. Even though Harrison's troops far outnumbered Tecumseh's confederation, both sides lost about 200 men in battle. After running out of ammunition, Tecumseh's warriors retreated and Harrison claimed victory for American expansion.

See also: Tecumseh


Summary Article: Tippecanoe, Battle of
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

(Nov. 7, 1811) Victory by U.S. troops over the Shawnee. Gen. William H. Harrison led a U.S. force in pursuit of the Shawnee to destroy an intertribal alliance promoted by Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet. At the Indian capital of Prophetstown on the Tippecanoe River in Indiana, the Indians attacked the troops but were repulsed. Both sides suffered equal losses, but the battle was considered a victory for Harrison and helped establish him as a national figure.

Event: Tippecanoe, Battle of

Dates: 1811-11-07

Definition: battle (military operation)

Significance: land warfare

Related Place: Tippecanoe River, United States, Lafayette

Keywords: Battle of Tippecanoe, battle, Tippecanoe River, Battle Ground, land warfare, Tippecanoe, Battle of, United States, Shawnee, Lafayette

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