Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Siege of Savannah September 16 - October 18, 1779

Although the English had recaptured the city of Savannah from the Southern Anishinabe Confederation almost nine months earlier, the leaders of the Southern Anishinabe Confederation refused to accept losing the city and once again prepared their brave soldiers for another assault on Savannah which, unfortunately, turned out to be another long siege. If it was one thing that really irritated the Anishinabe Confederations, it was having to deal with their white enemies hiding behind their city’s fortified walls. It meant exerting great amounts of time and energy to attempt to break through the fortified walls of those white cities. And all too often the sieges ended in complete failure, which then led to the Indians great rage within only intensifying. Historians claim that the French joined with the English Americans to fight the Indians and blacks who who held Savannah in a siege. They also claim that over 500 black soldiers from Haiti joined the French and Americans in the battle at Savannah. That is believable because the southern Anishinabek were obviously sailing the islands of the Bahamas then, and the Bahamas lead to Haiti. White French rule in Haiti would end a couple of decades after this battle.

There is an Indian population on Hispaniola now but the whites decimated their population by war and plagues. Many of the Hispaniola Anishinabek and even blacks, fled to Mexico, Central America, and South America, after the whites intensified their military campaigns on Hispaniola in the 19th century. There may have been some kind of alliance that existed then between the Anishinabek of Florida, and the blacks of some of the islands out in the Caribbean Sea during the 1760s, 1770s and the 1780s. Over 8,320 English (that includes the English who already lived in Savannah), French, German and other white soldiers prevented the brave soldiers from the Southern Anishinabe Confederation, from capturing the city of Savannah. By October 18, 1779, the military commanders of the Southern Anishinabe Confederation lifted the siege then left the Savannah region. White casualties during the long siege were 288 killed and 647 wounded.

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