In 1698, a branch of the Shawnees, offended with
, established themselves at Conestogo; in William Penn
received them as a part of the people of Pennsylvania
; and they scattered themselves along the upper branches of the Delaware
and the Susquehannah
About the year 1724, the Delaware Indians
, for the conveniency of game, migrated to the branches of the Ohio
; and, in 1728, the Shawnees gradually followed them.
They were soon met by Canadian
traders; and Joncaire
, the adopted citizen of the Seneca
nation, found his way to them from Lake Erie
The wily emissary invited their chiefs to visit the governor at Montreal
and, in 1730, they descended with him to the settlement at that place.
In the next year, more of them followed; and the warriors of the tribe put themselves wholly under the protection of Louis XV., having, at their whim, hoisted a white flag in their town.
It was even rumored that, in 1731, the French
were building strong houses for them.
The government of Canada
annually sent them presents and messages of friendship, and deliberately pursued the design of estranging them from the English
The dangerous extent of the French
claims had for a long time attracted the attention of the colonies.
resist it was one of the earliest efforts of Spotswood
, who hoped to extend the line of the Virginia
ments far enough to the west to interrupt the chain of communication between Canada
and the Gulf of Mexico
He caused, also, the passes in the mountains to be examined; desired to promote settlements beyond them; and sought to concentrate within his province bands of friendly Indians
Finding other measures
unavailing, he planned the incorporation of a Virginia