Chief Waapasha

Waapasha's name eventually was popularized into Wabasha. He held a balance of power in the West during the last years of the revolution when the British tried to incite an Indian border war to divert some of Washington's troops. Wabasha successfully juggled both sides until peace arrived, then calmly claimed presents from both the British and Americans for not declaring war. General Henry Whiting in 1820 described him as "a small man with a patch over one eye, but who walked about with the air of an ancient king.