Keokuk, Chief of the Sacs and Foxes
L. 19" : W. 13"
Printed by F.W. Greenough in Philadelphia, 1842. The hand-colored plate is taken from McKenney and Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America, published in three volumes over the course of six years: 1838-1844. The original lithographic drawing done on stone was by Charles Bird King.
Many in the Sauk nation were not happy with the American advance into their territory and during the War of 1812, Black Hawk and a number of Sauk joined forces with the British. Keokuk (1767-1848) was friendly to the American advance into Sauk territory and helped the American forces during the War of 1812. Keokuk was not actually born a chief, but as a skilled orator and often speaking in behalf of the Sauk during negotiations with the United States, he was named the Chief by the U.S. Government. Keokuk enabled the American advance into Indian territories and though he was paid well by the United States for the concessions, did not share the wealth with his people. Keokuk, Iowa, is named for him and his body is interred in the public park, under a life sized statue of him.