Siege of Fort Detroit, May 9, 1763

Angered by the British takeover of all French posts at the end of the Seven Year’s War, the Ottawa war chief Pontiac devised a plot to destroy the British garrison at Fort Detroit by entering the fort with a large number of Indians under the pretence to council with the commander, whereupon Pontiac would signal his warriors to attack with weapons hidden under their blankets. Forewarned of the plot, Major Gladwin foiled Pontiac’s plans and an enraged Pontiac, upon leaving the fort on May 9, 1763, ordered his warriors to begin the siege of Fort Detroit, thus starting a war with the British that would come to be known as Pontiac’s Rebellion.

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