Dark and Bloody Ground

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"Dark and Bloody Ground"

"DARK AND BLOODY GROUND." The region that became the states of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio was known by this lugubrious name even before the Indians started fighting back the encroachment of white settlers. Called "dark" probably because of its heavy forests, it was a favorite hunting territory of several native peoples, including the Delawares, Shawnees, Hurons, and Miamis. This region became bloodier when British-American settlers and U.S. forces invaded the Indians' territory.

SEE ALSO Western Operations.


Hinderaker, Eric. Elusive Empires: Constructing Colonialism in the Ohio Valley, 1673–1800. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Sosin, Jack M. The Revolutionary Frontier, 1763–1783. New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1967; Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1974.

                                 revised by Michael Bellesiles