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Chief Pontiac

I know three things about Chief Pontiac. The first thing I want to tell you about Chief Pontiac is that he was a good chief.
He led his tribe to war. He went against the British. Chief Pontiac's tribe was the Ottawa tribe. Pontiac made the city of Detroit.
He always wore buckskins. He had a lot of deer skins. He had a lot of animal skins

By: Sophia, Mrs. Loew’s 4th grade, Stanton Elementary School




Pontiac was born in 1720. He wanted to stop the Europeans from moving onto native lands. Pontiac convinced the Ottawa, Huron, Potawotami, Miami, Delaware, Seneca, Shawnee, Kickapoo, and Ojibwa to fight against the British.

He lost his fight against the British. In 1769 Pontiac was killed by a member of another tribe.

By AJ, Mrs. Wetton's 4th Grade Class, Calumet Elementary School


Chief Pontiac

I am doing a book report on Chief Pontiac. Half Chippewa and half Ottawa, Pontiac was born in an Ottawa village by Detroit around 1720. Pontiac’s dad was Chief of the Ottawa tribe, and Pontiac’s mom was in the Chippewa tribe.

Pontiac learned to hunt, swim, paddle a canoe, and play lacrosse. While other young Indians were shooting their arrows at trees for practice, the young Ottawa was developing the war skills that later brought him the leadership of his own tribe and many others.

Chief Pontiac was an important leader of the Ottawa. He believed that Native Americans should fight against the British colonists. His glorious victories and his courageous fight to keep the homeland of his people are his main contributions. Pontiac led Indians to attack other British forts. One of the most important attacks was a clever plan to capture Fort Michilimackinac. By July 1763, Native Americans had managed to capture all but three British forts in the area west of the Ohio River.

The British stopped giving goods to the Indians. The British were taking the Indian’s land. Pontiac took several adventures to capture British forts. Pontiac and his men had to fight the British who had better weapons and supplies. His plan to capture Fort Pontchartain failed though, because someone told the British about Pontiac’s plan.

The Native Americans fought bravely to defend the land and the freedom that the British were taking away from them. Eventually, Pontiac became convinced that Indians could not win a war against the British. He then spent the rest of his life working for peace with the British.

Some of Pontiac’s hobbies were swimming, hunting, and playing lacrosse. Pontiac’s job was to be the leader of different tribes.

I heard of Pontiac being a great hero over the Great Lakes, but I knew very little about him.

Written by Eddy for Mrs. Runyon, Murphy Elementary, Haslett.


Pontiac's Rebellion

Brandon S. and Peter W.

Portrait of Pontiac by Sung-Whan P.

During the year of 1763, an Indian chief named Pontiac went to many other Indian chiefs along the Ohio River Valley to start a rebellion. The rebellion started because British fur trappers and traders moved on the land where the French and Indians lived. The British drove the French off the land and ended the French custom of giving presents to the Indians. The Indians then overran the British forts and burned back country settlements.

Meanwhile, King George III made a proclamation to end Pontiac's rebellion. It mentioned that all land west of the Appalachians would be reserved for the Indians. This proclamation helped bring peace to the Ohio River Valley. Although the white people there who wanted the land got extremely angry because the land west of the Appalachians was off limits to them.