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Black Hawk Portrait, n.d.

 

 

 

Black Hawk Portrait, n.d.

Black Hawk, a Sac leader traveling east to join Tecumseh's forces, arrived in Chicago just after the massacre. He later explained: "They had a considerable quantity of powder in the Fort at Chicago which they had promised to the Indians; but the night before they marched they destroyed it. I think it was thrown into the well! If they had fulfilled their word to the Indians, I think they would have gone safe."