The Louisiana purchase of 1803 and the war of 1812 (discussed in chapter 8) had a profound impact on Native Americans’ life, as white settlers poured into newly acquired territory in the West. Through the autumn and winter of 1811 and into 1812, Shawnee leader Tecumseh had been on a whirlwind tour to speak to several Native American tribes, trying to convince them to unify against the growing white intrusion into Indian lands.

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