Muck-a-tah-mish-o-kah-kaik. The Black Hawk. A Sac Chief.
London, Published by H.Bailliere, 1842.
Coloured aquatint. Sheet 230 x 140mm (9 x 5½"). 2 foxing spots. Slightly time stained.
Portrait of Makataimeshekiakiak or Black (Sparrow) Hawk (1767-1838), whose Sauk tribesmen fought for the British in the War of 1812, earning themselves the nickname the 'British Band'. In 1832 the British Band crossed the Mississippi into Illinois, attempting to resettle land ceded in 1804 to the United States in a disputed treaty. It was the US that started hostilities, when poorly-trained militia opened fire on a delegation from the Sauk, after which the tribe attacked forts and settlements before being defeated at the Battles of Wisconsin Heights & Bad Axe. Most of the Sauk were killed, but Black Hawk was captured and imprisoned. The 'Black Hawk War' is best known for Abraham Lincoln's brief military experience and as the impetus for the 'Indian Removal' policy. A reduced version of the portrait by George Catlin, published in 'Dr.Prichard's Natural History of Man'.
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