Podcast – Indiana Road Trip – George Rogers Clark Memorial

George Rogers Clark Memorial
In this podcast the author visits the southwestern Indiana city, Vincennes where we will visit an important national memorial to George Rogers Clark. It was Clark’s exploits during the early phases of the Revolutionary War that ensured that the vast territory now composed of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin was added to the fledgling United States at the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended America’s struggle for independence.
George Rogers Clark
George Rogers Clark (November 19, 1752 – February 13, 1818)
John Clark and Ann Rogers Clark produced the second of their ten children on November 19, 1752. George Rogers Clark entered the world near Charlottesville, Virginia on the frontier. The family moved away from the frontier after the outbreak of the French and Indian War in 1754. Their new home was a 400-acre plantation that John Clark eventually increased to 2000 acres. His parents sent him to his grandfather’s home so he could attend Donald Robertson’s school. This famous school also educated James Madison and John Taylor, who attended at the same time as George Rogers Clark. His grandfather taught him how to survey land. At twenty, George joined a surveying team that traveled into Kentucky, which was part of Virginia at the time. The Treaty of Fort Stanwix had opened Kentucky to settlement and new settlers were flooding into the area. The Iroquois had signed the treaty had, but the various tribes that made up the rest of the area did not. British Lieutenant-Governor Henry Hamilton encouraged the Amerindian tribes to raid American settlements in Kentucky. Clark headed up defensive attacks against these tribes. On October 1, 1777, Clark departed Kentucky to travel to Virginia to request permission to undertake a daring mission against the British outposts at Vincennes, Kaskaskia and Cahokia.
Clark Captures Fort Sackville
The expedition headed by George Rogers Clark captured Fort Sackville from the British on February 24, 1779 after a grueling, frigid mid winter march through prairie and a waterlogged landscape.
George Rogers Clark Legacy
The capture ensured Clark’s legacy as the “Conqueror of the Old Northwest”. The conquest ensured that the huge swath of land between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers would be controlled by the United States at the end of the Revolutionary War.
George Rogers Clark Memorial Murals
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Indiana’s Timeless Tales – 1800 – 1804

Moravian and Quaker missionaries made extensive attempts to teach Native Americans in the science of agriculture. In this volume of Indiana’s Timeless Tales readers will discover the history of these attempts as well as the importance of the fur industry in early Indiana. During this historical time William Clark and Meriwether Lewis began their historic mission as the Corps of Discovery departed from George Rogers Clark’s cabin in Clarksville, Indiana. Continue reading Indiana’s Timeless Tales – 1800 – 1804

Sample Chapter Virginia Cedes Claim to Virginia Territory to United States

After a legal tug of war and many compromises, Virginia ceded the lands that became the Northwest Territory to the United States. The struggle had imperiled the ratification of the Articles of Confederation and threatened to turn the newly independent colonies into a struggle for land and power. Because of the cession, Maryland became the thirteenth state to ratify the Confederation and set the stage for Congress to form the Northwest Territory and eventual admittance of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota as states on equal footing with the original thirteen states. Continue reading Sample Chapter Virginia Cedes Claim to Virginia Territory to United States

Indiana’s Timeless Tales – Pre-History to 1781

Discover Indiana’s early history as it unfolds from pre-history until the beginning of the American experiment. Indiana’s Timeless Tales – Pre-History to 1781 presents the unfolding saga of Indiana’s fascinating history in an easy to follow time line. Readers of this historical journal will learn about the native Americans that inhabited early Indiana as well as the geological events that shaped the state. Continue reading Indiana’s Timeless Tales – Pre-History to 1781

A Squirrel’s Travel Paradise – The Great Forests of Indiana

At the time of settlement, vast hardwood forests covered most of Indiana. More than eighty-five species of trees live in the state. Trees like white oak, sugar maple, white ash, American beech, sycamore, red oak, yellow poplar and black cherry grew to a huge size. Many have said that a squirrel could have traveled from Ohio to the Illinois prairies without ever touching the ground.
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