Joseph Brant

Joseph Brant, born in 1742, was a Mohawk chief who helped gain Indian support for the British in the French and Indian War between 1754 and 1763. From 1763 to 1776, Brant and his tribe assisted the British in the American Revolution by attacking the American settlers. After the Revolution, unable to negotiate a land settlement with the American government, Brant obtained a land grant in Canada and he and his followers settled in the area now known as Brantford, Ontario, which was named after him. The last years of his life were spent seeing to the welfare of his people and translating the Bible into the Mohawk language. He died in 1807.

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