Lead: The Shawnee Nation was divided. Some wished to live with American settlers, others allied with the British wanted to exterminate the growing flood of western pioneers.
Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.
Content: The American Revolution was an important phase in the struggle between Native Americans and settlers for control of the Ohio Valley. When Daniel Boone led a group across the mountains to establish the community of Boonesborough on the Kentucky River in 1775, he and his friends found themselves in the middle of that fight. Later in life he spoke with unusual frankness, "We Virginians waged a war of intrusion upon the Indians, pursuing them as I now would follow the tracks of a ravenous animal." Small wonder the western tribes felt themselves under pressure. The remarkable thing is that many of them wished to reach peaceful accommodation with the intruders.