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Born: 1767 AD
Died: 1838 AD

1767 – Born in Sauk Sautenuk, Virginia Colony. The leader of a faction of Sauk and Fox Indians.

1804 – Black Hawk contested the disposition of 50 million acres (20 million hectares) of territory that had supposedly been granted to the United States by tribal spokesmen.

1812 – Black Hawk joined the British in a number of engagements in the War.

1832 – His decision to defy government orders to vacate tribal villages and fertile fields along the Rock River in Illinois resulted in the brief but tragic Black Hawk War.

         – Driven into Iowa the year before, led his people back across the Mississippi to the disputed Illinois area to plant crops and to resist further white encroachments.

1833 – He was returned as a hostage to Keokuk’s charge, a final blow to his pride from which he never recovered.

1838 – Died on October 3rd in the village on the Des Moines River, Iowa.