Settlements "Nay Think Us Conquered, and Our Country Theirs"
Why, children, do continue the war? And what will it avail you thus to redden the earth with your own blood?
-- Governor d'Abbadie to Kaske and Levacher
I got the Stroke of a hatchett on the Head but my Scull being prety thick the hatchett wou'd not enter, so you may see a thick Scull is of Service on some Occasions.
-- George Croghan
Father, we have all smoked out of the pipe of peace. It's your children's pipe, and as the war is over and the Great Spirit and giver of light, who has made the earth and everything therein, has brought us together this day for our mutual good to promote the good works of peace.
After "Amherst's War" sputtered out in 1764, Johnson, Gage, and their men struggled desperately to sustain the tense truce. Not battle but logistics had forced the Indians to lay aside rather than bury their war hatchets. The truce would persist for two reasons. First was the resumption of trade which allowed the Indians to replenish their ammunition, food, and other essentials. As important were repeated British promises to negotiate a boundary as mandated by the Crown's October 7, 1763 Proclamation.
But it took four years to fulfill that promise. Whitehall, consumed with more pressing problems with the colonies and elsewhere, failed to agree on just where and how to draw the line. Without specific instructions and funds Indian Superintendents William Johnson and John Stuart were hamstrung