The History of Fort St. Joseph by John Abbott, Graeme S. Mount, Michael J. Mulloy

By John Abbott, Graeme S. Mount, Michael J. Mulloy

St. JosephIsland is yet a blip at the relocating display of geological background. The fortress in this island is a fair smaller blip in Canadian heritage. in spite of the fact that, unknown to many, castle St. Joseph performed a pivotal function within the conflict of 1812. It was once the British victory at fortress St. Joseph that led on to the huge victories on Mackinac Island in 1812 and in 1814, assuring British keep watch over over the higher nice Lakes.

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One observer described the scene of 13 June 1798: Many types of trade copied earlier Indian ornaments made in other materials such as bark, leather, shell, or stone. For example, headbands and armbands were originally made from skins and hair pipes from shells before they were reproduced in silver. In this portrait by Paul Kane, an Ojibwa Indian wears clothes of European style, however, the series of crescent gorgets suspended from his neck, his silver wrist bands, and the leg bands serving as garters are distinctly Indian in inspiration.

If they discovered any "deserters," they frequently removed and even punished them. That this would happen at all was offensive to American merchants and American pride. Worse, the British officers were not judges in an impartial court of law but self-appointed judges, juries, and executioners with an interest in increasing the size of their ships' crews. Jay was supposed to deal with these issues when he went to Great Britain in 1794, but the British government was adamant. The British were willing to negotiate withdrawal from the interior forts, financial claims, and some boundary clarifications, but settlement of the maritime issues, they thought, threatened national security.

Y, and Mr. Z, approached diplomats sent to Paris by Washington's successor as president, John Adams (1797-1801), and demanded bribes. Adams categorically refused to send anyone else to France without guarantees that the French would receive him with respect and dignity. An undeclared naval war between France and the fledgling United States Navy ensued. The United States was able to resist French pressures, but Charles IV's Spain could not. Napoleon Bonaparte became French head-of-state in 1799, first as consul, then as consul-for-life (1802), then as Emperor (1804).

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