Tecumseh (1768 – 1813) – was a respected Native American Shawnee warrior and chief, who became the primary leader of a large confederacy in the early 19th century. Tecumseh was among the most celebrated leaders in history. He was known as a strong and eloquent orator who was able to get tribes unite under one confederacy to resist the expansion of the United States into their territories.
He fought the United States in the Tecumsehs War and the War of 1812. During the war, Tecumseh’s confederacy helped in the capture of Fort Detroit. However, after U.S. naval forces took control of Lake Erie in 1813, the British and their allies retreated into Upper Canada, where the U.S. forces engaged them at the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813. It was in this battle that Tecumseh was killed.