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Oldtown,Ohio, is now largely ignored by locals and presently consists as a large agricultural field situated three miles north of present day Xenia, Ohio along Ohio State Route 68, and the confluence of Massies's Creek and the Little Miamis River. Remaining a hamlet containing and a row of smaller dwellings, a motel, sacred stones, funerial monuments, historical rememberances, a small Methodist Church, and a local government authority.
Historians consider the site extremely valuable. Compared to other US midwestern sites, the village is a milestone in the early western expansionist sequence.Iroquois Confederation, the venerable Ancient League,produced a bastion akin to 4th Century BCE. Spartan forces. Both groups sacrificed their best warriors. Oldtown was a stragically placed site in a chain of sites representing a unique military and cultural significance. Resisting ever intensifying pressures from the British land speculators and a wide variety of scoundrels, indentured servants, aggrandizing mercenary legions of conscripted Scots-Irishmen,Shawnee warriors suffered a war of atrition; the combined devastating influences of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Crown and its pervasive suggestions to push ahead to the Northwest Territory and then a changing flora and fauna, the local Shawnee became the most vulnerable "warlike offering". Similar to the Spartans at Thermopolae, a great sacrifice becoming last Eastern "bastion of defense" against the hordes of Xerxes juggernaut to enslave all of Greece, likewise, the Shawnee attempted to stop the European tide, the encroaching wave of peoples unlike them... In short, Local septs were out numbered, diseased in a once " beautiful place to purposefully hurt one another". A great Midwestern disaster of epic proportion.
One of seven well situated Shawnee towns, Cha-lah-gaw-tha, a tactical feature analagous to a "stragically located door", in the perimeter. It served as a available portal for the British Loyal Land Company to further erode and ultimately destroy the Native American culture. As the Native Americans did not routinely practice land ownership, they did practice a "fostered, spiritually based and culturally enhanced natural resources stewardship." As for the land, the Crown was surrepticiously outwitted, often cajoled, by elements within the Loyal Company, who curried favor by offering lucrative land warrants to Officers and sergeants. Also, the assembled hosts of relief from European dominination. These were profoundly poor men and women comprising a lesser element of whites from Europe. They were tolerated and frequently plied with material incentives to venture over the Appalachian and Allegheny mountains to encourage the slatternly element, "armed traders and other curious personages" urged by the London and Colonial Officers. These intermediary speculators brought disease, rum, and bad manners. Border Men to openly communicate or "soften up Native defenses". Men unlike Les coureur du Bois', who for one hundred or more years steadfastly befriended as Raddison, no comparison to Long Knives under Hamilton and Clark, plotting in tandem against the "rum pot", forcibly and visibly drunken Indians,
Over a span of ten years, decisions were made in England, by a series of Parliamentarian Acts and Colonial Treaties.. the Proclamation of 1763, the Treaty of Hard Labor,1767 and the Fort Stanwix Act, 1768, to increase opportunity for unwelcomed European advances to incorporate much property and land damages. The Shawnee were under a critical eye, a new scrutiny from London. The officers of the Loyal Company gained favor from Hanoverian royals to ultimately force the warrior Shawnee to move away from the Little Miami River flats near Massie Creek. By 1775, the Crown forces encouraged a scorched earth policy, which was later demonstrated by the Virginia militia, in 1778-1780, a series of retaliatory strikes to eradicate some 14,000 Shawnee persons who represented the vanguard of the southwestern perimeter.
Over the span of ten years beginning 1759, pressure from London increased significantly to " hold the ripe plum of Oyo or Ohio in a set of sterling pincers". By the Treaty of Hard Labor, atrocities increased and further insults, out landish displays of mistrust within Tribal councils, and military companies indignant representationsreased and mistrust grew strong , mistrust increased between Europeans who were innerly divided and driven by a savage avarice.
Judge Richard Henderson and his option to side step the Crown to commense a fourteenth Colony in Can-tuc-kee sending a few intrepid market hunters men such as Boone who was friendly to American Indians, Colonel Richard Callaway who was not, and thirty others pale in comparison with the skullduggeries and extortion of the Loyal Company representatives. Boones hailing from the Carolinians versus James Harrod and Benjamin Logan, and others, strident, vexed, and deviously motivated land seeking Virginians, one desperate set of criminal minds and ambling naturals or Frontiersmen.These groups formed a nucleus for the "imposition of hands on the land ". The Native Americans were up against the Militia. Pressure turned inside out and American Indian septs arguing against sept to the liklihood of equanimity, the dissolution took hold by 1777. The village was a weak place in the Iroquois line. Whether the Crown deliberately applied pressure to Virginians is a question current historians must investigate.Presupposing the vast forests were changing and flood plains were largely ruined by intensive destruction of European light infantry units, or under planted by Native hands due to increasing hostilities requiring all oof their efforts to defend themselves, the fabric of Native Americ was unravelling. The attacks General Washington ordered against the Iroquois coupled with those influenced by Virginia militia in the Border country of Oyo, connected a damaging, mortal and annihilating , a wicked, under cutting blow, a destitue action parried by a series of vicarious acts brought on by political pressures bourne by the " younger Brothers" the septs who occupied this site. In short, it was a vast human tragedy and an assault to the environment. It sounded the end of hunting and gathering, barter, and friendship among political leaders. This ruined the Shawnee. It was the westerner again seeking to rid himselfof Indians, to establish or in military significance, to desecrate the holy alignment of tribes. No longer a south western arc of the greater elliptical perimeter extending from the Eastern Shore to the Wabash. Now the Wall of this line at Oldtown was severely breached by western expansionists. Was it a force of destiny, an epic or heroic struggle of Environment, human beings, and the continuing stream of human suffering. The Shattered Door at Oldtown disintigrated. under the weight of time marching forward, unfortunately led by strange and hideous under currents of a European nature. Land ownership at all costs, a belief directly oppossed to the Iroquois Confederation, the "Older Brothers" of the "Spartan sacrificial" Shawnee.
Last edited at 17:02, 4 October 2012 (UTC). Substituted at 11:14, 29 April 2016 (UTC)