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The Battle of Mackinac Island July 17, 1812

This battle occurred in what is now the State of Michigan, on July 17, 1812. Several hundred Anishinabe soldiers were instructed by their commanders to surround Fort Mackinac to attempt to capture the white fortification. Within the fort were around 261 white soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Porter Hanks. On the morning of July 17, 1812, a force of several hundred Anishinabe soldiers landed on the island the white fort was situated on, about two miles from it. Near the white fort was a small white settlement which was taken by the brave Anishinabe soldiers who, after capturing the villages inhabitants, forced three of them to enter the white military fort to alert the white soldiers there of the presence of a large Indian army waiting to attack the fort. They also demanded that they surrender the fort which they did. All 261 white soldiers were captured and the entire white villages population was captured as well. As for their eventual plight, they probably were either killed or enslaved.

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