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    Tecumseh and the Eclipse of 1806

    Interesting bit of eclipse lore......


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    The Legend of the Eclipse of 1806

    Harrison was looking for a way to discredit the brothers in the eyes of the Indians. The Prophet claimed to have almost divine powers. So Harrison decided to put forth a challenge. Using his Christian upbringing as a base, Harrison wrote an open letter to the Indians gathered at Tippecanoe. He wrote: "If he (the Prophet) is really a prophet, ask him to cause the Sun to stand still or the Moon to alter its course, the rivers to cease to flow or the dead to rise from their graves". In other words, he wanted to see them produce a miracle of biblical proportions. What he did not expect was the reaction of the Indians to this request. For them, this request had different meaning.

    This letter was presented to the brothers when they were visiting a friend along the White River. One story has the two of them going inside to meet in private. After an hour had passed, the Prophet requested that all in the village be assembled for him to deliver his response. He said the he had consulted with the Great Spirit and that she was not happy about Harrison's request. Thus the Great Spirit had agreed to give a sign that the Prophet could share with others in advance to demonstrate just how closely related they were. The Prophet spoke in a loud and confident voice saying that: "Fifty days from this day there will be no cloud in the sky. Yet, when the Sun has reached its highest point, at that moment will the Great Spirit take it into her hand and hide it from us. The darkness of night will thereupon cover us and the stars will shine round about us. The birds will roost and the night creatures will awaken and stir."

    At around noon on the appointed day, June 16th 1806, a total solar eclipse crossed the region.<quote

    Read more cool story.......
    https://www.eclipse-chasers.com/arti...y/tse1806.html
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    That is pretty cool.
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    Reminds me of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain.

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    Yeah I'm going to put out the sun today
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    Tecumseh’s Curse (a.k.a The Curse of Tippecanoe)............ is a legend associated with the fact that every president who was elected in a year ending in zero – from William Henry Harrison to John F. Kennedy – died in office. Proponents of Tecumseh’s Curse refer to the adversarial relationship between Tecumseh (a visionary Native American leader) and William Henry Harrison as the origin of seven presidential deaths.

    https://periodicpresidents.com/2013/...cumsehs-curse/
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    Putting out the sun is pretty easy stuff. Bringing it back, that's a whole 'nuther ball game.

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