Tribal Chieftains

Tribal Chieftains (HM15G7)

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19106 Philadelphia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 56.592', W 75° 8.892'

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In January of 1793 a delegation of tribal chieftains from what are now Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan arrived in Philadelphia, the U.S. capital. The Indians had been invited by President George Washington to a Peace Council to resolve boundary disputes in the newly-created Northwest Territory. No agreement was reached at this time and war followed. The Indians were defeated at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794.

Eight of the chieftains were stricken with smallpox and died between January and April. They were buried here in St. Peter's Churchyard. Although their grave sites are unknown, they were entered into church records as follows:

LaGese, a chief of the Potowatamies on the Illinois River
Apautapea, a Penkeshaw War Chief
Bigigh Weautons, War Chief of the Wabash Nation
Barkskin, of the Penkeshaw Nation
Grand Joseph, Great Chief of the Weatons Nation
Wapeteet, War Chief of the Payughrya Nation
Toma, War Chief of the Pawaura Nation
Little Elk, an Indian Chief

HM NumberHM15G7
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 487339 N 4421463
Decimal Degrees39.94320000, -75.14820000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 56.592', W 75° 8.892'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 56' 35.52" N, 75° 8' 53.52" W
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Area Code(s)267, 484, 215, 610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 Pine St, Philadelphia PA 19106, US
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