WARTIME: A History Series

S03E06: Lord Dunmore’s War, 1774.

October 9, 2014

In the Summer of 1774 trouble stirred on the American Frontier as Great Britain was faced with yet another terrible Indian Uprising. Following the signing of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix in the year 1768, the Iroquois effectively gave American settlers free reign of the Ohio River Valley. Although the document was officially sanctioned by the Six Nations and Imperial Administration, the Shawnees who actually lived in the region saw any European encroachment as an act of war. In one of the great powerplays in history Lord Dunmore, the Governor of Virginia, used these circumstances to manufacture a war in which he stood to profit greatly. Although labeled “Lord Dunmore’s War” in the history books few understand this terrible and bloody conflict and often miss its ties to the larger Revolutionary Age.

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