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Leaders and rulers in the Americas

A gift for peace

Height: 27.000 cm

AOA 7479 [i]

A gift for peace

From: South-eastern North America
Date: early 19th century AD (before 1815)

In 1812, the USA and Britain went to war against each other. One of the reasons for the war was that the USA believed Britain was giving weapons to Native Indians to use against them.

Hilis Hadjo was a leader of the Creek natives. He travelled to London in 1815 to show his peoples' friendship with Britain, and brought this pouch as a gift. By the time he reached London the war had ended, and Britain did not want to upset the USA by making agreements with Native leaders, so Hadjo was kept waiting for over a year before he was seen by the British government.