Battle between American forces and Native American warriors that occurred on the banks of the Wabash River near Prophetstown (near present-day Lafayette, Indiana) on November 7, 1811. The Battle of Tippecanoe served to blunt Shawnee leader Tecumseh's growing native confederation. Tecumseh opposed any concessions to the whtie settlers who were expanding westward into Indian lands but realized that in order to mount an effective resistance, he had to form an alliance extending beyond the Shawnees. He thus worked to create a Native American coalition of many tribes that would be dedicated to the goal of protecting their lands against white expansion.
taken from - Spencer C. Tucker et al., eds., The Encyclopedia of North American Indian Wars 1607-1890: A Political, Social, and Military History (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011), 793.