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Joseph Brant,

Chief Joseph Brant


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Joseph Brant was a Mohawk Indian whose first name wasThayendanegea.

Thayendaneagea's parents live in New York, but he was born on a hunting trip in Ohio.

Joseph Brant went to a Christian school and learned to read and write.

He encouraged the Indians in the Iroquois Nation to become Christians.

Joseph Brant was an interpreter for the Indians in dealings with both the British and the colonists.

He also tried to help the colonists understand the Indian customs.

Joseph Brant tried to preserve the Indian rights to their land..

Joseph Brant became a war chief among the Mohawks and a colonial in the British Army.

He served in the French and Indian wars and in the Revolutionary War.

He traveled to England several times and met King George III.

During the Revolutionary War, he led the Mohawks to fight on the side of the British.

After the War, the new American country took rights from Indians that the English King had protected.

Joseph Brant was given a large tract of land in Canada by King George.

He encouraged the Mohawks to move to Canada from New York.

The Americans wanted the Mohawks to remain in New York to protect their border with Canada.

Joseph Brant worked to keep Indian lands from being taken by the land-greedy Americans.

By the end of Joseph Brant's life, the Mohawks and other New York Indians had lost most of their land.

Map of Indian Lands in New York

Netlinks for Joseph Brant

The Canadian Encyclopedia: Joseph Brant

Chief Joseph Brant: Mohawk, Loyalist, and Freemason

Indigenous People Literature: Joseph Brant

The Tuscaroras: Joseph Brant

Native American Rhymes: Joseph Brant

Joseph Brant Museum, Burlington, Ontario

Info Please: Joseph Brant

Iroquois Confederation in the American Revolution

Wikipedia: Joseph Brant

Page created January 21, 2008. Anne Pemberton. Updated Fri, Feb 10, 2012. AP.