Posted by Danalee Lavelle-Burroughs on February 18, 2000 at 10:38:09:
In Reply to: Re: Another Michael Mann Interview ... Brandt?? posted by Chris on February 18, 2000 at 09:54:09:
Chris, Brandt (Thayendanegea) was born in 1742; and first saw battle at the tender (by our standards) age of 13 during the French & Indian War (1754-1763). He was commissioned into the British army in 1775 as a Captain. And, although he led the Iroquis League confederation of six nations, divided loyalties among the nations caused several nations supporting the American cause to split off. By 1779 the tide had turned against the Loyalists and Brant and the League came to an end following the signing of the Second Treaty at Fort Stanwix in 1784. Retaining his commission in the British Army he was given a land grant on the Grand River in Ontario in 1784 amounting to some 675,000 acres. He led his people north to Canada settling on that grant and establishing the Grand River Reservation. Although it served primarily as a home to Mohawk and Cayugas, some Delaware and others joined the exodus. Unfortunately, although Brant was awarded this land he never received title papers so the grant has remained in dispute to this day although the people have remained. Brant built and established the oldest surviving Protestant church in Ontario, Her Majesties Chapel of the Mohawks built in 1785 by order of George III. Brant spent his remaining days doing missionary work and acting as an intermediary between his people and the white settlers. Other lifetime achievements were translating the Book of Common Prayer and the Gospel of Mark into Mohawk and later, translating the Creed and part of the Old and New Testament into Mohawk. He died at Grand River in 1807.
: Rich, thank you for confirming my sanity. Because as far as I can recall the only mention of Brandt is from Uncas at Cameron's Cabin and he mentions the trapping near Joseph Brandt's land. I think Mr. Mann needs to check his tobacco pouch--RJ Reynolds must have slipped something in the chaw to get back at 'The Insider'.
: : Danalee
: Hi Rich,
: Didn't we decide during that discussion it was an inaccuracy of the film because Brandt was only something like 9 years old in 1757? It couldn't have been his land then.
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