From Ohio History Central
The Potawatomi Indians lived mainly in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Ontario, Canada at the time of European contact in the early 1600s. They were part of the Algonquian Indians. The Algonquian Indians consisted of various tribes that spoke similar languages. The Potawatomi Indians were closely related to the Chippewa Indians and the Ottawa Indians.
During the late 1600s and the early 1700s, the Potawatomi Indians struggled with the Iroquois Indians over the Ohio Country. They also fought for territory with the Sioux Indians in modern-day Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. By the mid 1700s, the Potawatomi had established villages in Illinois and in Indiana.
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