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Long Knives and Treaties

For a long time up until the Revolutionary War, frontiersmen from the Virginia and Pennsylvania colonies ignored the British Crown’s declarations forbidding encroachment of Indian lands. They crossed the Alleghenies anyway. The Shawnee referred to these colonials/settlers as the “Long Knives.” The Indians generally re-adjusted their allegiances from pro-French sympathies and sided with the British against the colonists during the Revolution.

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