French and Indian War
I've been visiting the William L. Clements Library on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI these last two weeks. It was a sunny Spring-like afternoon, so I took a couple of pictures. Enjoy.
Speaking of the Six Nations reports of earlier Congress at Johnson Hall, then later
“In Darkness Dwells the People Which Knows Its Annals Not” - inscription on the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.
I've been at the William L. Clements Library for the last few days. I am wading through the extensive Thomas Gage Papers. I'll be dropping a few nuggets here in the future, but I thought the inscription on the front of the building was worth noting as well.
One of the issues that quite often comes up when discussing Indians and the treaties they signed with the whites is whether they knew what they were signing. Obviously English written documents were a struggle for most Indians, but there is ample proof that this impediment did not extend to maps. In The Indian Boundary in the Southern Colonies 1763-1775, Louis De Vorsey, Jr.
Near the beginning of the French and Indian War between Britain and France, the city of Oswego, in present day New York, was considered a strategic location for both the French and the British. The British held the garrison at the beginning of 1756 and were making plans to launch operations from there to disrupt the French re-supply of their inland garrisons of the Ohio Valley.