Where was....

the first major battle of North American Indians and Europeans fought?

Who was the European general?

At a casino ?.. Sorry, I had to say that one.

Lake Champlain or Ft Ticonderoga? Just a couple of guesses - vague memories from grade school history. No idea who the general was.

Major battle? As in a pitched battle?

I’m going to take a wild guess and say it was the Spanish vs. the Aztecs in 1520. Cortés was the general.

I don’t know if the Aztecs would qualify as Indians. For that matter, I don’t know if Cortés was a general. I do know that Mexico is in North America.

It’s a tad PC, but there is some good information at the link. I posted the first war bwtween Eurpoeans and Indians (aka Native AMericans)


The relationship between the Jamestown settlers and the indigenous people of Virginia was strained from the start. Much of the initial ill will was rooted in the the colonists’ belief that the Indians would welcome them and willingly supply food.

From the white perspective, it seemed that a mutually beneficial arrangement could be made by exchanging European tools and Christianity for sustenance. That bargain made little sense to the natives, however.
The settlers failed to realize that the Indians lived very close to the subsistence level by hunting and gathering little more than their immediate needs required. Additional pressure on their food supply raised a real possibility of starvation.

Tensions were heightened when the colonists allowed their livestock to wander into Indian cornfields, and especially when the whites used their superior firepower to extort food contributions from the tribes.
The primary native leader in the area was known to the settlers as Powhatan, but properly as Wahunsonacook. He headed a loose confederation of about 30 Algonquian tribes from a village north of Jamestown on the York River. Powhatan was at first fascinated by English tools, but that interest was soon dampened by threats to native lands and food supplies.

Relations improved for a number of years following 1614, when John Rolfe married Powhatan’s daughter, Pocahontas. However, her death in 1617 and Powhatan’s own demise the following year enabled the more aggressive Opechancanough to exert control over the confederacy.
The new chief feigned an interest in Christianity and issued invitations to settlers to move farther onto native lands. In March 1622, the Indians launched a surprise attack on the dispersed white settlements. Nearly 350 whites were killed — nearly one-third of the population. Livestock was slaughtered and crops were burned.

The Indian uprising of 1622 rang the death knell for the Virginia Company. With the colony in total disarray, the company declared bankruptcy. A number of tobacco planters had become wealthy, but the Virginia Company itself was never profitable. In 1624, Virginia was made a royal colony and would remain so until independence.

Warfare between the races continued for another decade, but no decisive battle was won by either side. The settlers gave up any pretense of coexisting with the Indians and embarked upon a policy of extermination. In 1632, the tribes were forced to make major land concessions in the western Chesapeake Bay area.
Resistance flared again in 1644, when more than 400 settlers were killed in the fighting. That conflict, however, was not a threat to the greatly enlarged colony’s existence. The nearly 100-year-old Opechancanough was captured in 1646 and died, probably a victim of murder, in Jamestown.

Yes, the indigineous peoples of Mexico are considered to be Indians (native Americans). To the best of my knowledge, this is also true for the various native cultures throughout central and South America. However, I believe that I have seen where the decendents of the Mayans may be considered to be a totally separate from the rest moreso than just a racial difference. They have internal physiological differences such as much slower heart rates, blood pressures, etc. Perhaps Ptarmigan can clue us in.

Mexico is derived from one of the major labels amongst the Aztecs, Pronounced Meshica. After Spanish conquest, the major Aztec city became known as Mexico City that we know today.

However, your mention of Cortez is probably warranted since the Spanish Conquest occurred even though the Spaniards were outnumbers by extremely huge ratios that could have made up for the technological advantage.

Actually, y’all are a little off base so far. I’ll give you a clue…think southeast US.

The comment on Cortes and the Aztecs had me thinking there for a minute that I was wrong :embarrese .

No fair making the question giver think! :howler:

The complete annihilation of Colombus’s outpost he left before returning to the Old World?

Or when the Vikings might’ve cme over?

I believe it was around Jamestown

Here is the link that I found the Info

Wow, old thread.

The correct answer still not given and it is not widely known either.

The next clue is that it took place in the 1500s.

On June 3, 1513, ships commanded by Juan Ponce de Leon were attacked by a group of Calusa Indians in one of the first hostile encounters recorded between Europeans and Native Americans.


If it’s right, I wish I were genius enough to have actually known it hehe

If that only counts as a skirmish and not a war, then there’s this in New Mexico, Arizona and small parts of other southwestern states, but it has no specific dates:
In the 1500s, the Spanish invaded and began continuous efforts to force the Apache to submit.


You’re getting warmer, but not quite there.

Clues: in Southeast US, in 1500s

FIRST MAJOR battle between Europeans and North American Indians.

1540 Hernando De Soto’s expedition was ambushed by Choctaws, so they destroyed Mabila, killing 2,500…called the Maubila Massacre.

Ding ding ding, we have a winner!

The old indian city of Maubila was headed up by Chief Tuskalusa (Tuskaloosa). My town is named after him. Although the city was probably located a good 70 or 80 miles from here. To this day, they are not sure exactly where the city was.