The Legacy of George Rogers Clark

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George Roger Clark was known as the "Conqueror of the Old Northwest" during the American Revolutionary War. George Clark had became a huge help to capturing British and Indian territory, Northwest of the Thirteen Colonies. Clark was a military leader for the American colonists in the American Revolutionary War, helping the Americans be successful in the Northwest, and was known for conquering most of the Northwest Territory for the thirteen colonies. (“George Rogers Clark” 1) Clark, during the 1770’s, was helping Kentucky defend itself from Native Americans. At the time, Clark was transporting gunpowder to the frontier between the Americans and the British. The Native Americans, who lived in the Northwest, disliked the Americans in the Northwest and their claim on Kentucky and with the British backing, waged war with the Americans. Clark was now in charge of defending the settlements and was promoted to major. Clark then made plans in taking British held forts in the region and persuaded Governor Patrick Henry to support him in capturing the forts. Clark had won the support of Patrick Henry, was promoted to lieutenant colonel, and was given command of the mission (“George Clark” 1). With the command of the mission, Clark had lead 175 men who traveled to Fort Kaskaskia, Illinois in six days. The fort was almost defenseless and was easily taken with Clark’s force. Clark had sent Captain Leonard Helm to capture Fort Sackville, after learning that the fort was undefended from American spies. Leonard Helm had then captured the fort, but was taken back by Henry Hamilton shortly after. Henry Hamilton, the famous British “Hair Buyer”, used militia and Native Americans to take Fort Sackville. In the winter, Clark lead a force of 170 men ... ... middle of paper ... ...): 1. Academic Search Premier. Web. 19 Dec. 2013. "Blue Licks Battlefield History." History. Kentucky State Parks, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. "Crawford Expedition." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 01 July 2014. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. "Battle of the Sandusky - Ohio History Central." Battle of the Sandusky - Ohio History Central. Ohio History Central, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. "Sandusky Expedition from the Revoutionary War - Newspaper Article Describing the Death of Col. William Crawford." Sandusky Expedition from the Revoutionary War - Newspaper Article Describing the Death of Col. William Crawford. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. Wendel, Bill. "George Rogers Clark and the Battle of Piqua." George Rogers Clark and the Battle of Piqua. Bill Wendel, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014. "Battle of Piqua." Battle of Piqua - Ohio History Central. Ohio History Central, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.

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