Simon Girty

Simon Girty (1741 – February 18, 1818) aka Katepacomen was an American colonial of Scots-Irish birth who served as a liaison between the British and their Native American allies during the American Revolution. He was portrayed as a villain, called "the White Savage", in many early history texts of the United States, and was also featured this way in nineteenth and early twentieth-century United States fiction.

As children, Girty and his brothers were taken captive in Pennsylvania in a Seneca raid and adopted by families. He lived with the Seneca for seven years and became fully assimilated, preferring their culture. He was returned to his birth family but retained a sympathy for the Native Americans.

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