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The Land of the Miamis An Account of the Struggle to Secure Possession of the North-West from the End of the Revolution until 1812   By: (1872-1945)

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In "The Land of the Miamis: An Account of the Struggle to Secure Possession of the North-West from the End of the Revolution until 1812," Elmore Barce provides a comprehensive and captivating historical narrative of a significant yet often overlooked period in American history. Through meticulous research and vivid storytelling, Barce brilliantly transports readers back in time, immersing them in the relentless struggle to control the vast and contested territories of the Northwest.

Set against the backdrop of post-Revolution America, Barce's account reveals the complexity and enduring legacy of early American expansionism. By focusing on the region that would eventually become the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the author sheds light on the intricate maneuverings of the various groups vying for control, including Native American tribes, British forces, and American settlers.

Barce’s narrative seamlessly weaves together political and military aspects with individual stories, painting a multifaceted picture of this historical period. The book delves into the motivations and strategies of key figures such as General Anthony Wayne and General William Henry Harrison. Barce skillfully analyzes the shifting alliances between Native American tribes, their interactions with the European powers, and their efforts to preserve their ancestral lands in the face of rapid westward expansion by white settlers.

One of the book's highlights is its meticulous attention to detail. Barce's extensive research is evident in his clear and concise explanations of the complex historical events, providing readers with a thorough understanding of the intricate web of treaties, negotiations, and battles that shaped this era. By incorporating excerpts from primary sources, maps, and illustrations, Barce further enhances the reader's comprehension and enjoyment.

Furthermore, Barce's prose is engaging and accessible, making this historical account an enjoyable read for both scholars and general readers alike. The author's ability to bring individual stories to life makes the narrative all the more compelling. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary individuals caught in the crossfire of this struggle for land, Barce highlights the human impact of this period in history, adding a deeply touching and relatable element to the story.

While "The Land of the Miamis" provides a comprehensive account of the struggle for the Northwest, it is not without its shortcomings. Occasional lapses in organization and an abundance of information may overwhelm readers unfamiliar with the historical context. Additionally, while the book admirably strives for balance, some readers may perceive a slight bias towards the American perspective. However, these slight flaws do not detract significantly from the overall value and enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Elmore Barce's "The Land of the Miamis: An Account of the Struggle to Secure Possession of the North-West from the End of the Revolution until 1812" is a thoroughly researched and engaging historical narrative. By shedding light on an often overlooked chapter in American history, Barce offers readers a fresh perspective on the early years of westward expansion. This book is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in understanding the complex dynamics that shaped the Northwest and laid the foundation for the young United States of America.

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[Illustration: The house of General Harrison at Vincennes, Ind., as it now appears.]


By Elmore Barce

Member of the State and National Bar Associations Member Indiana State Historical Society Author "Land of the Potawatomi"


An Account of the Struggle to Secure Possession of the North West from the End of the Revolution until 1812.

Fowler, Indiana THE BENTON REVIEW SHOP 1922

Copyrighted, 1922, by the Benton Review Shop, Fowler, Ind.

Photos and Maps by Lieut. Don Heaton

Dedicated to


My Wife.


A BRIEF RETROSPECT A general view of the Indian Wars of the Early Northwest 1

WHAT THE VIRGINIANS GAVE US A topographical description of the country north of the Ohio at the close of Revolutionary War 6

THE BEAVER TRADE A description of the wealth in furs of this section at the close of the Revolutionary War and the reasons underlying the struggle for its control 12

THE PRAIRIE AND THE BUFFALO The buffalo as the main food supply of the Indians 20

THE WABASH AND THE MAUMEE Chief line of communication with the tribes of the Early Northwest... Continue reading book >>

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