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1685 to present
The Miami Indians of Indiana
The Miami Indians of Indiana are headquartered here. Portions of the Tribe have lived in the Peru area prior to their contact with the French in 1685. The proper name of the tribe was Ou-Mi-am-ik. Popularized by whites as Mi-am-ia or Miami as they are known today. The "Circus City" was originally established by the fact that failed native farmers were not eligible for employment (until 1945) in the United States. Necessity dictated that they find a means of income. The ever resourceful Miami began boarding Circus animals for the three main circuses. This is how "Squah Town" or "Port Miami" became known for housing circus animals. The city was to be named after John "Bull" Mongosa, a member of the original Chiefly line of the Miami proper. Instead the county was named after his people. Many locals believe that it was due to his heroism in a flood during the early 1800's, however it was due to his kindness to all. He was the #6 hunter in his tribe and spent his days carving flutes and whistles for all of the local children. His kindness touched everyone near him. He was a direct descendant of Chief Turtle. His tribe had given the longest and fiercest resistance to the white inhabitation of the United States. The Miami people would sign 18 treaties and retire 7 U.S. Generals. The tribe still holds communal events, ceremonies, pow-wows nearby and holds land as a collective people. To learn about the ongoing project to revive these people's language, check this site. For more information on the tribe please see this site
This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Peru and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.
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