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Council Point / Pontiac's Council

 
 
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Photographed By Joel S., September 3, 2015
1. Council Point / Pontiac's Council Marker
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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
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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 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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansWar, French and IndianWars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 27, 1763.
 
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. This marker is in Council Point Park, at the northeast corner of the parking lot, next to the pavillion. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln Park MI 48146, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 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
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Photographed By Joel S., September 3, 2015
3. Council Point / Pontiac's Council Marker
of this marker); Ecorse Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ecorse Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lincoln Park Post Office (approx. 1.3 miles away); Goodell School Bell (approx. 1.3 miles away); Michigan Alkali Company (approx. 1.4 miles away); VFW Post 1136 Memorial (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln Park.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Battle of Bloody Run
 
Also see . . .  Council Point Park. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on March 11, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Sign at the entrance to Council Point Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel S., September 3, 2015
4. Sign at the entrance to Council Point Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 354 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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Dec. 6, 2022