24 Nations Belt
Image: Hunter, (1901), Figure 26.
Equal Sharing of the Land and its Resources
In addition to the Covenant Chain, Johnson also presented the 24 Nations Wampum Belt to the twenty-four nations present, including Wyandot, Menomee, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and other First Nations belonging to the Western Lakes Confederacy. Tired of conflict after fighting the Seven Years’ War, Britain requested peaceful settlement on Indigenous territories, with the sacred promise that the land would be shared and its wealth would be distributed equally between First Nations and settlers. The terms of this agreement are for as long as the grass grows, the rivers flow, and the sun shines.
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