Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana
The Siege of Boston
After the Anishinabek had assaulted the English at Concord and Lexington, they departed for Boston. The English of the Boston region were already prepared (they had known for weeks that the Indians were going to try and take Boston) and had already raised 27,000 soldiers ready for the anticipated Indian assault on Boston. Soon after the Anishinabek captured the English supply of weapons on April 19, 1775, they left for Boston to carry out their military assignment. The leaders of the 27,000 English soldiers in Boston were George Washington, Artemas Ward, Thomas Cage, and William Howe. Upon reaching the large English city of Boston on April 19, 1775, the Indian soldiers eventually blocked off all entrances to the English city and a long siege followed. The siege lasted until March 17, 1776 or almost one year. Many English settlers from around the Boston region had fled to Boston just before the large Indian military force had forced their way into that region of Massachusetts. Their total population was likely between 200,000 and 300,000. What the intentions of the Anishinabek were was to prevent the English from England from bringing the necessary food and military supplies to the Boston region. For almost one year little military action occurred in the Boston region, excepting a battle which occurred in June of 1775, at Bunker Hill or Breeds Hill.