— The City of Pontiac is named for this Intrepid Warrior —Pontiac organizer of the conspiracy which bears his name, was born on the Maumee River in what is now Ohio, in 1720. As Chief, he led the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at Braddocks defeat July 9, 1755. When France surrendered Canada to the English, Pontiac made peace with the new rulers, but later, enraged by his treatment from the British, he organized the Northwest Tribes into a united and simultaneous attack on the British posts, choosing for himself to take Detroit. In May 1763 all the western posts were taken except Detroit and Fort Pitt. The conspiracy failing with these defeats, Pontiac came West to organize the Illinois and Mississippi Tribes into another uprising, but failed. Four years later he was killed by an Illinois Indian near Cahokia. In strength of mind and breadth of vision, Pontiac ranks among the great leaders of his race.
|Series||This marker is part of the More Than Words series|
|Placed By||State of Illinois, and Livingston County Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 3:56am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 362759 N 4526675|
|Decimal Degrees||40.87966667, -88.62885000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 52.78', W 88° 37.731'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 52' 46.80" N, 88° 37' 43.86" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 201-299 N Main St, Pontiac IL 61764, US|
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