Blood in the Water: A Digital History Project on the Geography of Pontiac’s War, 1763


  • Brandon Clark University of Utah, USA


Native American dispossession forms the bedrock of United States national history. Recent historians have complicated this narrative in their studies, showing the creative ways indigenous societies adapted, navigated, and contested centuries of Euro-American colonialism. Widening the discussion on indigenous dispossession, this article examines how Pontiac’s War of 1763, perhaps the most famous episode of Native American resistance to British colonialism, was as much a struggle for North America’s interior waterways as it was over lands.

Author Biography

Brandon Clark, University of Utah, USA

Brandon Clark is a PhD student in History at the University of Utah. He previously worked as a geospatial analyst for the Department of Defense, as an independent GIS consultant, and as an overseas English as a Foreign Language instructor. He completed a B.A. in History at the University of Colorado at Denver and a M.A. in History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His interests include digital history, early European exploration, Native America, the Seven Years’ War, the American Revolution, geography, and environmental studies. His dissertation aims to investigate the interplay between environment and colonialism.