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Susan L. Kelsey: Billy Caldwell: Chicago and the Great Lakes Trail

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Author Susan L. Kelsey discusses and signs her book, Billy Caldwell: Chicago and the Great Lakes Trail this March in the IAHC Library.

Billy Caldwell was a trader, fighter, treaty negotiator and tribal leader, also known as Sauganash. He was born to Rising Sun of the Mohawk Nation and William Caldwell, an Irish Captain in the British Army. Caldwell was an influential leader during the dawn of America who found himself at the crossroads, caught between two worlds; a quickly descending minority world of Native Americans and the growing white settlers. He navigated the changing landscape by creating commerce in the Great Lakes region, following opportunities across the country and building a strong community. In 1833, Caldwell was named chief for the three Chicago tribes; Ottawa, Ojibwa and the Potawatomi; and negotiated one of the largest land trades in American history.

Kelsey is a historian, researcher and one-time Sauganash resident who has been passionately retracing Caldwell’s life by visiting his travels.

Susan L. Kelsey: Billy Caldwell: Chicago and the Great Lakes Trail is Friday, March 20 at 7pm in the IAHC Library and is free.