Council Fires on the Upper Ohio is a unique account of the Indian-white relations during the second half of the eighteenth century. Told from the point of view of the Indians, it details how the Indians maintained a precarious hold of Western Pennsylvania by playing one white faction off against another.
Randolph Downes, author of Frontier Ohio, a history of that state’s pioneer period is an authority on Indian diplomacy. He began a fellowship with the Social Science Research Council, and it was completed under the direction of the Western Pennsylvania Historical Survey.
“From the beginning of white history in the region. . . . that history was the history of the relationship between the Indian tribes and the whites. Much of this history is told in this excellent account.”—Lake Charles American Press
Told from the viewpoint of the Indians, this account of Indian-white relations during the second half of the eighteenth century is an exciting addition to the historical literature of Pennsylvania.
From the beginning, when the white traders followed the first Shawnee hunters into Pennsylvania, until the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794, the region’s history was the history of the relationship between the Indians and the whites. For nearly half a century the Indian maintained a precarious hold upon Western Pennsylvania by playing one white faction off against the anther, first the French against the British, then the British against the Americans.