PIANKASHAW DEED

MS 2778
MS Short Title PIANKASHAW DEED
Text PIANKASHAW INDIAN DEED, CEDING A LARGE TRACT OF LAND ON EITHER SIDE OF THE WABASH RIVER, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND INDIANA, TO THE WABASH LAND COMPANY, IN EXCHANGE FOR A LARGE AMOUNT OF GOODS, INCLUDING 400 BLANKETS, 250 SHIRTS, 35 DOZEN LARGE BUCK-HORN-HANDLED KNIVES, 400 POUNDS OF TOBACCO, 120 PIECES OF RIBBON, A TON OF LEAD ETC. SIGNED BY 12 FRENCH TRADERS AND 12 PIANKASHAW CHIEFS WITH THEIR TOTEMS, INCLUDING CRANE-FLY, LITTLE BEAVER, AND BELL AND TOBACCO. AUTHORIZATION ENDORSEMENT ON REVERSE BY THE COMMANDANT OF POST ST. VINCENT
Description MS in English on vellum, Vincennes, Indiana, U.S.A., 18 October 1775, 1 f., 76x69 cm, 58 long lines of notarial cursive script, 12 Piankashaw Indian totems (name glyphs) with 11 red lacquer seals.
Provenance 1. Charles Hamilton (-1961); 2. The Frank T. Siebert Library, Maine (1961-1998); 3. Sotheby's New York 21.5.1999:286.
Commentary An unusually early Indian deed for land this far westward.
Place of origin Indiana, USA
Dates 1775 AD

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