Today in Michigan History

August 20, 1794

Americans won the Battle of Fallen Timbers.

After years of frustration and setbacks, American forces, led by General Anthony Wayne, defeated a force of Native Americans south of present-day Toledo, Ohio. Wayne’s victory at Battle of Fallen Timbers—so named because it occurred in an area where a tornado uprooted many trees before the battle—forced the British to finally surrender American outposts, like Detroit, which they had occupied since the end of the American Revolution.

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