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Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant, c.1743–1807)

Photo credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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Thayendanegea (also known as Joseph Brant) was a Mohawk, one of the six nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Born in Ohio, having sided with the British during the Revolutionary War, he later relocated to Canada where the Mohawks were given land. A talented leader, he was both an efficient war chief and a diplomat, striving throughout his life to do what was best for his people. He visited England in 1778 and again in 1785–1786.

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oil on canvas


H 80.5 x W 70.2 cm

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Acquisition method

unknown acquisition method; in the British Museum by 1896

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Inscription description

Thayandenagaa otherwise Joseph Brant War Chief of the Mohawks.


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