The Life of Chief Pontiac
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Hear all about Chief Pontiac, a controversial Ottawa leader who challenged British rule in the Midwest 250 year ago.
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
He led a rebellion that failed to oust the British from Fort Detroit
in 1763 but that continued for three more years. Legend has it
he was buried on Apple Island in West Bloomfield after he was
assassinated in 1769. Who was he? Why the controversy?
Local historian, archeologist and author Charlie Martinez will
trace the life of Pontiac from hunter, trapper and warrior to
leader of an Indian conspiracy to topple British colonial rule in
the years before the American Revolution.
Martinez’ career spans 40 years. He currently is historian at Pine Grove in Pontiac, home of the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society.
Bloomfield Historical Society