This chapter shows how the fall of Mackinac began a series of events that eventually led to disaster in Illinois. The immediate effect was felt 250 miles away at Detroit, where General William Hull commanded all U.S. forces in the Northwest. Hearing of the surrender of Mackinac, the Wyandot tribe, which had been neutral, joined the British, and the prestige of that tribe was expected to bring the other tribes over to the British as well. Even worse, Hull was now opposed by a soldier of genius, Major General Isaac Brock, working in perfect harmony with Tecumseh. In the wake of these British victories, both Governor Ninian Edwards of Illinois and Governor Benjamin Howard of Missouri expected an attack on their territories.
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