Why was Chief Joseph called the Red Napoleon?


Why was Chief Joseph called the Red Napoleon?

Chief Joseph:

Chief Joseph was a leader of the Nez Perce tribe of Oregon during the 1870s. In the 1870s, the United States government wanted to remove the Nez Perce from Oregon despite a previous treaty providing for a reservation in Oregon.

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Joseph earned this nickname (Red because of his skin color, Napoleon after the famous French general) because of his actions in 1877. In that year, he...

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Nez Perce: History & Wars
Nez Perce: History & Wars


Chapter 2 / Lesson 16

The Nez Perce were a semi-nomadic people occupying the Pacific Northwest prior to U.S. involvement. Learn the history of their migration patterns, people, wars, and the modern territory of this Native American nation.

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