1753, when George Washington first crossed the Appalachian Mountains to
the region around modern Pittsburgh, it was to deliver an eviction
notice. A French army had occupied what is now western Pennsylvania, and
Washington’s British employers wanted them gone.
Washington on the last leg of his western trek was a Seneca warrior
named Guyasuta. His job was to hunt game for the British, and his and
Washington’s paths would cross again.
the French and Indian War, which started the very next year, the
Senecas sided with France. In July 1755, when a nominally French army
consisting mostly of Native Americans decimated Gen. George Braddock’s
expeditionary force eight miles east of the future site of Pittsburg,
two of the survivors, on opposite sides, were Guyasuta and Washington.
also joined in Pontiac’s Uprising (1763-1764), a Native American revolt
against the British. But he played an even larger role in negotiating a
settlement that was favorable to the natives. In a May 1765 conference,
he observed that the British had only treated indigenous Americans
fairly when the had to compete with the French for their support. “As
soon as you conquered the French,” he reminded a British Indian agent,
“you did not care how you treated us, as you then did not think us worth
removal of the French threat enabled the British to crack down on their
own American colonists as well, and in the ensuing Revolutionary War,
the Senecas fought on their side. Indeed, in 1782, when Parliament
decided to make peace with the former colonists and asked the Senecas to
do the same, Guyasuta held out, leading a mixed band of native warriors
and white Loyalists in the last major incursion into Pennsylvania—at
Hanna’s Town on July 13, 1782.
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“Politicians, Priests, and psychiatrists often face the same problem: how to find the most rapid and permanent means of changing a man’s belief…The problem of the doctor and his nervously ill patient, and that of the religious leader who sets out to gain and hold new converts, has now become the problem of whole groups of nations, who wish not only to confirm certain political beliefs within their boundaries, but to proselytize the outside world.”
– William Sargant “Battle of the Mind”
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