Pontiac, war leader

Pontiac was born in 1720 and died in 1769. He is best known for resisting the British occupation of the Great Lakes Region of North America.

By the time he was 27 year old, he had become a respected war leader.

The Pontiac’s War began on May 7th, 1763. Pontiac was 43 years old at the time.  He and 300 followers attempted to take Fort Detroit by surprise.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, his final years are sparsely documented. April 20th, 1769 marks the anniversary of his death.

Many places were name after this great war leader. Places named after him include the cities of Pontiac in Michigan and Illinois in the United States and the Pontiac Regional County Municipality in Quebec. I’m originally from the Pontiac Regional county Municipality region in Quebec, which is why I wanted to learn more about this man.

I really wish they would talk more about First Nation individual that have shaped the world we live in today.


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