Friday, May 19, 2017

Hoosier Dusty Files - May 19, 1681 - La Salle Holds Peace Conference With Miami Tribe - South Bend

A Year of Indiana History - 2016
A Year of Indiana History - 2016

May 19, 1681 - La Salle Holds Peace Conference With Miami Tribe - South Bend
Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle made several trips into the area now known as Indiana and Illinois during the years from 1669 through 1683. During this time, the Iroquois tribes from the lower Great Lakes region invaded the Indiana and Illinois area frequently. The wars between the tribes created a great deal of instability in the region, making La Salle's explorations as he explored the Mississippi River basin. Seeking to create stability, La Salle held a peace conference in the heart of Miami territory. The Illinois tribes met with the Miami under a huge oak tree, called the Council Oak, and signed a treaty that united these tribes against the Iroquois. The resulting alliance allowed La Salle to explore the area in relative peace. La Salle managed to reach the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1682. La Salle died in 1687 during an exploratory trip as he sought to find the mouth of the river from the Gulf of Mexico. The Council Oak stood until 1991 when a tornado felled it.

Indiana possesses a rich history that is fun to read and learn. This Hoosier Dusty Files is in an easy to read “this day in history format” and includes articles from the author's A Year in Indiana History series. Visitors may read the articles as they appear or purchase the book:
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