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date: 15 September 2019

Teedyuskunglocked

(1700–19 April 1763)
  • Jay Miller

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Teedyuskung (1700–19 April 1763), orator and native leader, was born near Trenton, New Jersey, the son of Old Captain Harris and Hanna, leaders of the Delaware in Jersey and Lehigh, Pennsylvania. Teedyuskung spent his life on the margins of white society, leading groups of displaced and demoralized native peoples while using his services to manipulate leaders of Pennsylvania to his own advantage. While his male relatives are well known, his female kin, who were much more important, since Delawares derived their identity and clanship from women, are ignored in written sources. His brothers included Young Captain (Peter or Petrus) Harris, Captain John, and the Evans brothers: Tom, Joe (Nicodemus), and Sam. As a young adult, Teedyuskung supported himself by making brooms and baskets for sale around Trenton. Only a few Delawares remained in their homeland; the majority were then living together in Ohio, observing ancient traditions....

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