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War of 1812 - Artefact of the Week

Portrait Bust of Tecumseh

This portrait bust of Tecumseh was crafted in the early twentieth century during the 100th anniversary of the War of 1812. The bust was sculpted to celebrate Tecumseh’s involvement in the defence of Canada during the War of 1812.

Tecumseh was born in a Shawnee village in present-day Ohio, Illinois, in the 1790s, and he allied himself with the British during the War of 1812. At that time, Tecumseh hoped to foster military unity among other First Nations tribes in opposition to American expansion. Tecumseh’s early success at Fort Michilimackinac and Fort Detroit inspired more First Nations warriors to join his cause, and he led more than 1,200 warriors by April 1813. Tecumseh was killed during the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813.

This year is the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. For more information on how Canada is commemorating this important anniversary, visit Commemorating the War of 1812 on the Parks Canada website. For more stories about Tecumseh and the War of 1812, read A Warrior’s Death, The British Lose Ground and Victory at Fort Detroit! in the This Week in History archives.

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