Featured Battle Site
Tippecanoe Battlefield North of Lafayette, Indiana, USA
This wooded area seven miles north of Lafayette, Indiana,
played a major role in American history. It was on this spot the Native
Americans lost their grip on the fertile Midwestern lands they had roamed for
thousands of years. It was also on this spot some years later that a gathering
took place that helped launch the modern political campaign.
Battlefield is a National Historic Landmark that attracts tens of thousands of
visitors annually to northern Tippecanoe
County. Here, you can explore the grounds where the conflict
occurred. Visit vivid museum displays and discover the history of a time
when two Shawnee
brothers, Tecumseh and The Prophet, had a dream of uniting many tribes into an
organized defense against the white settlers. Walk the battle ground
where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was
Did You Know? Many Indian tribes roamed this part of the Wabash Valley
before the thriving trading post of Keth-tip-pe-can-nunk was established in the
eighteenth century. Known to many as "Tippecanoe",
the village was razed in 1791 in an attempt to scatter the
Indians and open the land to the new white settlers. Seventeen years later a
new Indian village was established on or near the old Keth-tip-pe-can-nunk site
at the Wabash/Tippecanoe River junction. Known as "Prophet's Town",
this village was destined to become the capitol of a great Indian confederacy
-- their equivalent to Washington,
D.C. In addition to being a seat of diplomacy,
Prophet's Town became a training center for the warriors, with a rigorous
spiritual and athletic regimen. (Text/Photo courtesy of Tippecanoe County Historical
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Lesson Plans on President Madison’s 1812 War Message
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lesson plans for grades 9-12 available about James Madison during the War of
1: President Madison’s 1812 War Message: A Brief Overview
Students will read President Madison’s War Message (in
either an edited/annotated or full-text version) and be given the opportunity
to raise questions about its contents.
2: President Madison’s 1812 War Message: A Documentary Review
Students examine examples of primary documents (and some
secondary accounts) that illuminate key points in President Madison’s letter.
The lesson identifies 10 statements in the message about which students are
likely to have questions, and it provides relevant materials. If students raise
questions about other sections of the letter, class members may be able to
locate pertinent documents on their own, once they become familiar with some of
the sources available in the records of Congress.
3: President Madison’s 1812 War Message: Answers Lead to More Questions
Students review the contents of the War Message and consider
what documents might be useful in making further analyses of the text.
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