Documenting the Dakota: King George III Medal

This tracing or rubbing of a King George III medal is found in the Provincial Archives' Indians of North America: Pamphlets and Clippings collection.  The medal traced on this paper was in the possession of Tom Whiteman from the Standing Buffalo Dakota reserve located near Fort Qu’Appelle.  Another King George III medal can be found in the collections of the Prince Albert Historical Museum.

These medals were given to the leaders of the Dakota groups that allied with the British in various armed conflicts against the Americans, including the American Revolutionary War of 1776 and the War of 1812.  Upon their arrival in British territories, the Dakota leaders would display these medals in order to assert their peaceful intentions, and to renew their alliance with the British.

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