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Weyapiersenwah

Weyapiersenwah ("Blue Jacket")(c. 1745-c. 1810) was a leader of the Shawnee[?] tribe. Little is known of his early life; there was some contemporary conjecture that he was in fact Marmaduke Van Swearingen, a white Virginia settler who was captured by the Shawnee during the American Revolution. This theory was effectively refuted in 2000, through DNA testing of Weyapiersenwah's descendants.

Weyapiersenwah is best remembered for leading a confederacy of tribes into battle against the forces of Anthony Wayne in what came to be known as the Battle of Fallen Timbers[?]. This action was a victory for the U.S. and led to the dissolution of the confederacy and the cessation of land under the Treaty of Greenville[?], of which Weyapiersenwah was one of the signatories.

Weyapiersenwah also signed the 1805 Treaty of Fort Industry, ceding parts of northern Ohio to the U.S. After this event he disappears from the historical record.



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