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Learn about 'Pontiac's War on the Niagara Frontier'

by jmaloni

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Wed, Feb 12th 2014 01:35 pm

"Pontiac's War on the Niagara Frontier" is an illustrated presentation that explores the little-known conflict of 1763-64, when Native American nations rose up against English forts and settlements throughout the Great Lakes. Old Fort Niagara Executive Director Bob Emerson will detail the causes of the war and describes events throughout the Great Lakes region with a special focus on Fort Niagara and the all-important Portage Road at a gathering Monday, Feb. 24. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Lewiston, 505 Cayuga St.

Included in the talk are British efforts to supply the besieged fort at Detroit, the wreck of the HMS Michigan, the successful Native American ambush at Devil's Hole, The Battle of Buffalo Creek, the November 1763 attack on Fort Demler in Lewiston, and the 1764 "Indian Congress" at Fort Niagara.

Emerson will also cover British efforts to fortify the portage in the spring and summer of 1764, including construction of a "mechanic engine," otherwise known as The Cradles.

This program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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