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Battle of Norfolk January 1, 1776

After being defeated at the Battle of Great Bridge, Lord Dunmore and his remaining soldiers, fled to Norfolk to defend what weapons and gunpowder they had left and the city of Norfolk. Not too long after Lord Dunmore and what remained of his military force reached Norfolk, so did the enraged southern Anishinabek. From within the fortified city, the English attempted to defend themselves from the enraged southern Anishinabek, who commenced to toss weapons made of fire, especially burning coal, into the city to attempt to burn the unwanted white city to the ground. While the Anishinabek were attacking Norfolk, Lord Dunmore and most of the city’s inhabitants, made their decision to flee to several English ships in the nearby harbor, if the Anishinabek actually managed to enter the city which eventually did occur. Upon entering Norfolk, the Anishinabek eventually learned that Lord Dunmore and most of the city’s inhabitants were trying to escape to the English ships in the nearby harbor, which led them to attempt to destroy those English ships in the harbor, and to either capture or destroy the weapons and gunpowder of their white enemies. After capturing the unwanted white city, the Anishinabek likely killed or enslaved the whites who remained behind in the city, then they burned most of the city down.

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