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Corps of Discovery - Northwest Campaigns

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bust of General Mad Anthony Wayne During the 1780's and 1790's, the United States struggled to control the area south of the Great Lakes region, including what would become the states of Ohio, Indiana, northern Kentucky, and Illinois. Although the British had ceded this area to the US after the Revolutionary war, they continued to maintain forts there and even established Indian alliances in an effort to keep American settlement and interests at bay. During the 1790's, American patience finally evaporated when President Washington authorized a series of military excursions to break the back of British control. Many were disastrous for the United States, but finally at the battles of Sandusky and Fallen Timbers, under the command of General “Mad Anthony” Wayne, American efforts were met with success and the British Indian alliance was crushed. This, in turn, led to new treaties with the British to solidify the gains made through military action.

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