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Volckert P. Douw to General Schuyler about Indians from Canada, April 15, 1776

Letter. Volkert P. Dowd to Philip Schuyler

Letter. Volkert P. Dowd to Philip Schuyler

New York State Library, NYSL_SC19811_B1_001
 
Document Description
Letter from Volckert P. Douw to General Schuyler about James Deane and Indian representatives from the seven tribes from Canada, April 15, 1776.
 
Transcription
Albany April 15th 1776
Sir
            Mr. Deane came down from Onondago with the [deputies] from the Seven tribes in Canada, who have bin to attend the meeting of the Six Nations at their Council house at Onondago, the have Requested me to Let Mr. Dean go with them to Recepitulate the Speeches made to the Six Nations by the Commissioners Last Summer at Albany. [T]hey told me that [their clothes were] worn out on their long Jurney on publick Business. I told them that I was much Convince of it and Given them Each 1 pr. shoes 1 pr. Buckels& a hat, and that Mr. Dean went with them to Canada, that I would write to General Schuyler to give and order to Mr. Dean to provide them with sum [clothes] as it would be troublesome to Carry them from heir to Canada[. T]hey were much [pleased] with it. I am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sir
                                                                        Your most Hum’lServ’t
                                                                        Volckert P. Douw
To General Schuyler
 
Questions
Why would their clothes be worn out?
 
What hardships do you think the soldiers endured?
 
Locate Onondaga and Albany on a map- how far of a journey is it?
 
 

Historical Context
Prior to the American Revolution, Great Britain had adopted a policy of minimal interference with Native American tribes. After the French and Indian War, the British imposed the Proclamation Line of 1763 on the American colonists. This line restricted the colonists from settling west of the Appalachian Mountains, thus minimizing conflicts with Native American groups. Many Native American groups sided with the British during the American Revolution because colonists had repeatedly attempted to settle in Native American territory. The British appeared to be the party more willing to restrict westward movement and preserve the territory of the Native Americans. However, there were some tribes that did side with the Americans.
 
 
Essential Question
Why were some Native American tribes willing to help the Americans during the Revolutionary War?