Little Turtle

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Lithograph of Little Turtle, reputedly based upon a lost portrait by Gilbert Stuart, destroyed when the British burned Washington, D.C.|Burning of Washington|burned Washington, D.C. in 1814.

Chief Little Turtle or Michikinikwa 1752-1812, Chief of the Miami tribe

Quotes from Michikinikwa

  • I have been the last to sign this treaty; I will be the last to break it.
    • upon signing the Treaty of Greenville, August 3, 1795
  • "My forefather kindled the first fire at Detroit; from thence, he extended his lines to the head waters of Scioto; from thence, to its mouth; from thence, down the Ohio, to the mouth of the Wabash, and from thence to Chicago, on lake Michigan"
    • Claiming tribal lands at the Treaty of Greenville (American State Papers, Indian Affairs, vol. 1, pp. 570-571; Dft. Ex. 96).
  • While visiting Philadelphia, Count Volney told Michikinikwa of the theory that Asians had crossed the Bering Strait to America and become Indians. Michikinikwa asked why Indians could not have crossed and become Asians.

Quotes about Michikinikwa

  • This site honors the great Chief of the Miamis, Meshekinoqua, "The Little Turtle," son of the great Chief Acquenacque. He is held in the hearts of his people, allies, and foes with the greatest of honor and respect for his courageous valor and peacemaking.
    • marker at gravesite in Fort Wayne

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