This Day in Dayton, 9 September

In September 1838 a sad procession passed through the area near Battle Ground. The Potawatomi Indians, after selling the last of their lands in the state, were being forcibly moved west. They were moved hurriedly with insufficient preparation after some disturbances broke out among Indians who did not want to leave. Many died along the way. Some were missed when they were rounded up, others were exempted, mostly because they had intermarried with Americans, and still others returned, unhappy with the lands in Kansas assigned to them. Eleanor Ilginfritz states that the Indians at Wyandot left at this time.

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