• FortGrounds-logo

Andrew L. Tuttle Memorial Museum

Defiance During Times of War and Conflict


Defiance During Times of War and Conflict is a major exhibition illustrating the impact that the Great Black Swamp, the rivers and the wars of national prominence had on the growth and development of Northwest Ohio and Defiance.  

This exhibition is made up of several different exhibits. The first two exhibits look at the Great Black Swamp and the rivers near Defiance. A third exhibit is The Beaver Wars. These wars were actually a series of conflicts in Northwest Ohio and the Great Lakes region among Native Americans, the Dutch, the French and the British, fought between 1638 and 1700 to establish control of the lucrative beaver pelt trade. 

With these exhibits find answers to what the Great Black Swamp was and how it impacted the area. Learn how important the rivers are to the region and from The Beaver Wars exhibit why beaver pelts were so valuable to the Europeans, what items were being traded and who was doing the trading. Learn who the voyageurs were. Discover the effect that the Beaver Wars had on area people. Learn how the Native Americans became to depend on the European traders. 



                                         Beaver Wars                           Hunting Frock


The third exhibit in the Defiance in Times of War and Conflict Exhibition is the American Revolution, 1774-1783. This exhibit features text, photos, and reproductions of art work to explain the impact that the American Revolutionary War had on Ohio and especially Northwest Ohio. The major events that took place in Northwest Ohio and the significant personalities from the Native Americans, the British, and the patriots are described.

This major exhibition is designed to make the museum guests aware of the fact that all major conflicts in North America between 1628 and 1843 had some impact in Northwest Ohio and even the area near the confluence of the Maumee and Auglaize Rivers.