ada's surrender and despised and feared the conquerors; their hearts burned with deepening rage. British arrogance combined with the shortage and high prices of goods was shoving those tribes to the breaking point.
Indian Superintendent William Johnson and other Indian agents understood this; Commander in Chief Jeffery Amherst did not. Amherst ruled over the empire with the advice and diplomacy of the two next most powerful men in the American colonies, the northern and southern Indian superintendents. The tragedy was that he rejected their advice. To Croghan, Johnson wrote that it is "clear that too much economy ought not to be thought of as yet with the Indians, if we expect to keep them in temper & maintain our posts -- but it is not in my power to convince the General thereof."64