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Lincoln Park in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Council Point / Pontiac's Council

 
 
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By Joel S., September 3, 2015
1. Council Point / Pontiac's Council Marker
Inscription.
Council Point
On April 27, 1763, Obwandiyag, an Odawa who was also called Pontiac, assembled a council of warriors from various tribes near this site. He urged them to fight to maintain control of their land and their way of life. For more than a century, tribes in the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes had allied themselves with different European nations that fought to dominate the Great Lakes. Most favored the French, trading partners who were not very numerous, instead of the British, whose policies and exploding population were a threat to Indian existence. After the French lost the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), the tribes faced a single European power: Britain and its colonies. Their resistance began almost immediately with attacks on posts and forts.

Pontiac's Council
The Native American council that met near this site on April 27, 1763, included members of the Odawa, Potawatomi, Wyandot, Huron and Ojibwa bands. Pontiac told of Delaware prophet Neolin's vision of resisting the British and returning to traditional ways. The resulting plan to surprise and seize Fort Detroit on May 7, 1763, became a siege lasting nearly six months and involving more than 900 Great Lakes warriors. That summer thirteen other British posts were attacked. At Detroit, on July 31, the British
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By Joel S., September 3, 2015
2. Council Point / Pontiac's Council Marker
attempt to engage the Indians failed disasterously at Bloody Run. In October, the French declined to provide support, and warriors returned home to their families. The siege ended, but the tribes' fight for their homelands and their rights continued.
 
Erected 2013 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L728.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 14.194′ N, 83° 9.713′ W. Marker is in Lincoln Park, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from River Drive near Stewart Avenue. Click for map. This marker is in Council Point Park, at the northeast corner of the parking lot, next to the pavillion. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln Park MI 48146, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Council Point Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Council Point Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln Park Post Office (approx. 1.3 miles away); Michigan Alkali Company (approx. 1.4 miles away); John Eberts House
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By Joel S., September 3, 2015
3. Council Point / Pontiac's Council Marker
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Marx Home (approx. 2.1 miles away); Wyandotte Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away); Wyandotte World War I Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lincoln Park.
 
Also see . . .  The Battle of Bloody Run. There is a historical marker in Detroit commemorating the Battle of Bloody Run, mentioned on this marker. (Submitted on September 8, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansWar, French and IndianWars, US Indian
 
Sign at the entrance to Council Point Park image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., September 3, 2015
4. Sign at the entrance to Council Point Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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