Heading South West out of Toledo on Route 24, I came across a sign informing me I was close to the “Fallen Timbers battlefield.” Per the rules, I made a hard right turn and started following the signs leading me to the monument–and I’m glad I did as this was a genuinely important site. The battle of Fallen Timbers was the decisive contest that opened the Northwest Territories up to early American settlers.
The Battle of Fallen Timbers (August 20, 1794) was the final battle of the Northwest Indian War, a struggle between American Indiantribes affiliated with the Western Confederacy and the United States for control of the Northwest Territory (an area bounded on the south by the Ohio River, on the west by the Mississippi River, and on the northeast by the Great Lakes). The battle, which was a decisive victory for the United States, ended major hostilities in the region until Tecumseh’s War and the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811.
The battlefield is commemorated by a handsome statue and plaques commemorating early settlers, Native Americans as well as American soldiers who died in the Northwest Indian War.
Across from the battlefield on which the fledgling American nation gained control of modern day Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota from the Native Americans some enterprising corporation has erected one of the largest shopping malls I’ve ever seen. And of course they’ve named it the Shops at Fallen Timbers.