Tecumseh was a Native American leader of the Shawnee tribe who lived in the Ohio Valley during the late 18th and early 19th centuries
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Tecumseh was a Native American leader of the Shawnee tribe who lived in the Ohio Valley during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He is best known for his role in organizing a confederacy of Native American tribes to oppose European-American encroachment on their lands. Tecumseh's efforts ultimately failed, but he remains an important figure in Native American history, born around 1768 near present-day Springfield, Ohio. His father, Puckshinwa, was killed in battle against white settlers when Tecumseh was still young. After his father's death, Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa (also known as The Prophet) moved with their mother to live among the Creek people in what is now Alabama. There they were exposed to a variety of different cultures and religious beliefs which had an influence on their later lives. In 1808, Tecumseh returned to Ohio where he began working with The Prophet to unite various Native American tribes into one powerful confederacy that could resist further encroachment by white settlers on their land. He traveled extensively throughout the Midwest and Southeast recruiting members for this alliance while also attempting to negotiate peace treaties with representatives from the United States government.