In the mid-17th century, the Iroquois Confederacy launched a war for control of the burgeoning fur trade industry. These conflicts, known as the Beaver Wars, were among the bloodiest in North American history, and the resulting defeat of the Erie nation led to present-day Ohio’s becoming devoid of significant, permanent Indian inhabitants.

Only in the first quarter of the 18th century did tribes begin to tentatively resettle the area.

AMERICAN INDIANS OF THE OHIO COUNTRY IN THE 18TH CENTURY details the story of the Beaver Wars, the subsequent Indian migrations into present Ohio, the locations and descriptions of documented Indian trails and settlements, the Moravian Indian mission communities in Ohio, and the Indians’ forlorn struggles to preserve an Ohio homeland, culminating in their expulsion by Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act in 1830.

Enjoy the short video below of author Paul Misencik discussing some of these topics, and please join us for the Ohio Book Talks free lecture and conversation held on Zoom on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

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Ohio Book Talks free lecture and conversation will be held on Zoom.

Don’t forget to register for the book discussion and order your signed book! 

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021
6:30-7:30 PM
What Is the Native American History of Ohio?
with authors Paul and Sally Misencik

 Ohio Book Talks is a new series of author-led discussions of new books covering different periods in Ohio history. Each program will be held online via Zoom meeting and will feature a short lecture from the author followed by a discussion and Q&A with the audience. Programs are presented by Buckeye Book Fair with the support of Ohio Humanities.


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Discussion Questions

1. Other than the mounds left from the mound builders, are there any other traces left by tho Ohio Indians that can still be found?

2. How would you know if there was an Indian town or village in your hometown?

3. How did the Miami Indians come to Ohio and are they originally from south Florida? Why is an Ohio tribe called the Delaware – is Delaware an Indian name?

4. Why did the Indians leave Ohio?

5. Did the Ohio Indians prefer the French or the English during the French and Indian War? Did the Ohio Indians prefer the Americans or the British during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812?

6. Are there any Indian Reservations in Ohio?