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Collection Reference Number GLC02437.09459
From Archive Folder The Henry Knox Papers [0093] 1790 
Title Drafts of secret articles in a treaty between the United States and the Creek Nation
Date ca. 1790
Author Washington, George (1732-1799)  
Document Type Government document
Content Description A working manuscript that has been corrected by Knox probably intended for George Washington. Consists of several secret articles pertaining to the proposed treaty; in each case, "secret" has been struck. One article grants trading rights in United States ports. If the Spanish obstruct Creek commerce, promises to transport Creek goods through United States territory until the obstruction is removed, as long as the goods do not exceed 60,000 dollars in worth. Another article appoints Alexander McGillivray, Chief of the Creek Nation, as Brigadier General in the United States Army with 1,200 dollars per year in pay. Grants the chiefs of the Upper Creeks, the Lower Creeks, and the Seminoles a commission, a medal with ornaments, and 100 dollars per year. Article three stipulates that the United States will educate and clothe "such of the Creek youth as shall be agreed upon, not exceeding four in number [at one time]." Possibly secret articles of the 1790 Treaty of New York. Based on content, written before 1792.
Subjects Muscogee (Creeks) Indian  President  Government and Civics  Diplomacy  Military History  Treaty  American Indian History  Land Transaction  Commerce  Clothing and Accessories  Merchants and Trade  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Soldier's Pay  Finance  Children and Family  Education  
People Washington, George (1732-1799)  McGillivray, Alexander (1750-1793)  
Theme Law; Merchants & Commerce; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics; Education; The Presidency; Native Americans
Sub-collection The Henry Knox Papers
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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