This Day in History: 1807-11-24

Joseph Brant’s death
Joseph Brant (1742-1807) was a Mohawk chief and ally of the British during the American Revolution. He was instrumental in moving the Mohawks to Canada following the winning of American independence.

Joseph Brant was born in the Ohio Valley and was called Thayendanegea (“he who places two bets”). His father was a sachem of the Iroquois Confederacy, to which the Mohawks belonged; however, Brant’s mother was not a Mohawk, and as descent in the tribe was matrilineal, he never rose to the rank of sachem, although he did become a war chief