Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

Battle of Burnt Corn July 27, 1813

The Battles for control of Anishinabe controlled Florida This battle was fought near where present day Monroeville, Alabama is situated. Unfortunately, the Anishinabek had to deal with other Indian Nations native to that region being the allies of the whites. Unfortunately, the Anishinabek made bitter enemies out of some of those southern Indian Nations (the Cherokee and the Creek among a few) after they invaded that region in the 17th century. Those Indian Nations probably originally lived in the Kentucky and Tennessee region. However, even among some of those Indian Nations who had been driven out of the Kentucky and Tennessee region by the invading Anishinabek, existed many who sympathized with the southern Anishinabek. They would join the Southern Anishinabe Confederation to fight the whites. Under Pontiacís leadership, the Anishinabek forced the Spanish out of Florida in 1762. Since that time the whites had continued to claim that the Florida region was the property of the whites (be them English or Spanish), but the Southern Anishinabe Confederation held a strong grip over the Florida region still in 1813.

Among the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek Nations (you must remember that there are 2 Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek peoples - with one non Algonquian and the other Anishinabe) a division existed in 1813 in which most non Algonquian Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek sided with the whites. However, there was a group of non Algonquian Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creeks who were allied with the Southern Anishinabek, who are known historically as the Red Sticks. A few of the Anishinabe Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek and their non Algonquian Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek allies, paid a visit to the Detroit region with some southern Anishinabek, and while on their return to southern Alabama, they killed two white families living along the Ohio river. That occurred in February of 1813. US Indian agent Benjamin Hawkins, demanded that the Creeks hand over the soldiers responsible for the murders of the two white families living along the Ohio river. What the non Algonquian Creek leaders did next has humiliated all Native Americans. They did not hand over those soldiers who killed the white families living along the Ohio river. They instead killed them. Their actions infuriated the already enraged Anishinabek and their non Algonquian Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek allies.

After Anishinabe ogimak learned of how the non Algonquian Creek leaders dealt with the accused murderers of the two white families, they snapped. They had bravely defended the southern Indian Nations from the invading whites and conquered new lands in the Caribbean and in South America, in order for those southern Indian Nations to continue to exist. They were insulted. However, at that time many of the southern Indian Nations leaders were of predominantly non Indian blood, especially the Cherokee. In response to the executions of the accused murderers, the Southern Anishinabe Confederation launched a military offensive against the non Algonquian Creek Nation, which soon led to the whites joining the non Algonquian Creek Nation to fight the Southern Anishinabe Confederation. After a group of soldiers from the Southern Anishinabe Confederation had returned from a visit they made to Florida to gather weapons and ammunition that most likely came from the Caribbean, they were ambushed by a force of white soldiers under the command of Colonel Caller, while they slept in the Indian village of Burnt Corn.

They were eventually driven into a nearby swamp where they regrouped then launched their own attack on the white soldiers. After the battle the enraged leaders of the Southern Anishinabe Confederation singled out Fort Mims to be attacked. It was from Fort Mims where the force of white soldiers who attacked them, were stationed at. The Battle of Burnt Corn initiated The Florida War. Most of the non Algonquian Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek either stayed nuetral or they actively fought alongside white soldiers, against the Anishinabe military and their Indian and black allies.

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