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The Indians’ Prophecy

Fifteen years after the battle of Monongahela George Washington and his friend Dr. James Craik returned to the Fort Duquesne region and encountered several Indians (at the time of the battle many of the surrounding Indian tribes participated such as Ottawas, Miamis, Hurons, Delawares [Lenni Lenape], Shawnees and Mingoes [Iroquois]). The encounter with the Indian Chief was recorded by Dr. Craik and later documented in Recollections of Washington by his adopted son George Washington Parke Custis (the young boy in the painting). Unsuccessfully trying to kill Washington during the battle of Monongahela 15 years earlier the Indian Chief hearing that Washington was coming to the area came to meet him. The Indian Chief (whose identity, I believe, is unknown) gave an account of the battle from his perspective and to proclaim the following prophecy:

“Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man, and guides his destinies—he will become the chief of nations, and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire!”

This is only a portion of Dr Criak’s account as recorded by George Washington Parke Custis. Again “Providence” had plans for George. We do not know how this event affected George which begs the question, what did George Washington think about “Providence”?

NOTE: The above prints/paintings are of Chief Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa Indians. Pontiac was instrumental in organizing many of the Indian tribes to remove the Europeans, he likely fought against Braddock in 1755.

Yet again “Providence” is preparing Washington.

Read more about the work of Providence in George Washington’s life (select the next post below):


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