Native Americans in Central Illinois did not go gently into that good night. Accustomed to trade partnerships with French and then British corporate concerns, they established successful understanding of respective rights and obligations with these Europeans. At the end of the American Revolution, the British signed over the lands of Illinois to the Americans. The Americans looked at Illinois as land destined for American families, land from which Indians were to be removed. Today we call this ethnic cleansing.
Greg Koos, Executive Director Emeritus, McLean County Museum of History