W.H Puthuff to Lewis Cass, May 14, 1816.
|The fort at Michillimackinac has been greatly understocked with annuities, presents, and farming tools. Puthuff is writing to Cass to make him aware of the situation and to ask for more money. Puthuff also tells him of the British activities at Drummond's Island (formerly St. Joseph's). The British bring in semi-annual goods and presents and give them to those Indians who pledge themselves. <"This post is also the head quarters of a vigorous, active, enterprising, well informed, and most politick and designing company, who have long and almost exclusively monopolized the trade of the North">. British agents have been sent out in the disguise of traders to the people along Lake Superior and Michigan, and Mississippi. These traders have drawn Indians from their hunting grounds to St. Joseph's (Drummond's Island) and Michillimackinac in order to receive their presents and sell their furs. Michillimackinac needs to be supplied more so that it can compete with St. Joseph's and draw the Indians back to the US. The British' primary motive is to <"alienate the Indians from the American Government and people and to attach them to the British Interests">. Puthuff picked up on this because of the behavior of Lt. Col. McDowell at Drummond's Island, and his Indian Department there. There was highly suspicious activity among the British people, pensioners, Interpreters, and commissioned officers. The British Government had promised any Indians who sided with them in the War that they will provide them with the ammunitions and arms to take back their land west of the Ohio. Upon losing, the Indians were very disillusioned with the British, but the British are using every means possible to regain the Indians support. The British claim that they are the thing keeping the Indians alive -- their logic is that the Americans let British traders in, so the Americans know that the British are needed to keep the Indians alive. To close, he says the Indians around Michillimackinac are progressing in their agricultural ability and the Ottowas and Chippewas have come to him to say that they are angry with the British and wish to have clear paths to Michillimackinac.|
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Project: Intro to the Miami Tribe
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