Treaty with the Senecas, Shawnees and Wyandots (1831)

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On July 20, 1831, the Seneca and the Shawnee agreed to relinquish their claims to land in western Ohio. In exchange, the United States government agreed to provide the tribes with sixty thousand acres of land west of the Mississippi River. The government also paid the American Indians six thousand dollars and implemented a yearly annuity for the two tribes based upon the money that the federal government earned from the sale of the native's former land. United States officials additionally presented the natives with one hundred blankets, twenty plows, one hundred hoes, fifty axes, twenty sets of harness, ten rifles, and enough cloth to make forty tents. This agreement became known as the Treaty with the Seneca and the Shawnee.

The Treaty with the Seneca and the Shawnee, along with several other treaties between Native American tribes and the United States government during the first decades of the nineteenth century, marked ramping up of calculated U.S. government efforts to strategically and forcibly remove the old Northwest Territory's American Indian peoples to land west of the Mississippi River..

See Also


  1. Hurt, R. Douglas. The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1996.
  2. Vogel, John J. Indians of Ohio and Wyandot County. New York, NY: Vantage Press, 1975.