Contested Territory

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Learn how Indiana moved from near-constant warfare to statehood as Native nations fought to stay in their homelands and the arriving Americans searched for a new life. Contested Territory follows Indiana from early relationships forged between Native Americans and French traders through the bloodshed that would follow in the Northwest Indian War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Meet the important people who framed Indiana’s statehood and discover how their actions contributed to today’s environment.

Explore town | Explore a large model of an average day in the community in Vincennes, where the Piankashaw and French villagers lived side-by-side.

Enter their world | Enter the proceedings at the Treaty of Greenville and hear Miami chief Little Turtle defending his people’s claim to their homelands in a speech that still resounds today.

Larger than life | Stand next to life-sized figures of influential leaders as they listen to Little Turtle’s powerful words.

Stately beginnings | See how Indiana became a state after the bitter political debates between William Henry Harrison and Jonathan Jennings.

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