Chief Guyasuta

Born in 1725, Guyasuta was a member of a branch of the Seneca tribe, one of the six tribes that made up the Iroquois Nation. Guyasuta’s branch of the Seneca tribe migrated from Western New York to Western Pennsylvania in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Guyasuta was best known as a leader and a guide. In 1752, he was among a party of Native Americans who led Washington on his 1753 diplomatic expedition to convince the French to abandon the string of forts they had constructed between present day Erie and Pittsburgh. Later in life, his guidance and direction shifted focus to create peaceful relations throughout the new United States.