Pontiac's Rebellion

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Pontiac's Rebellion 1763-1766

Indian chief Pontiac led Ohio Valley tribes in war in May 1763, in which they attacked British forts and settlements, killingn hundreds of colonists. Although they were unable to defeat or drive the British out, it encouraged them to change and implement new policies in America, and showed them that, despite their victory in the Seven Years' War, they were not omnipotent. 


  • The Paris Peace Treaty of 1763
    It supplied Britain with a vast amount of land, including Canada and Florida, and some parts of the Indians' own land- so their land had been taken away. Since they depended on land for hunting grounds- and so food- it was important that they regained the land and prevented any more from being taken away.
  • They were not included in peace talks
    - The natives were not included at all in the peace talks for the Seven Years' War, which made them feel excluded and suspicious as to what Britain was planning. They had to strike before the British could impose any policies on them.
  • They could no longer play the French and British against each other
    -  When the British and French had fought each other in America, the Indians would join with the most successful side to reap the gains. But now the French had gone and this was not possible so the Indians needed to gain resources in other ways. 
  • They feared British mistreatment
    - The Indians had been fairly friendly with the French, who had gifted them European goods. They were less so with the British, and were worried that British soldiers would mistreat them. They rebelled to


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