“The artist dressed us wrong. He was painting a scene 109 years past, but there were accurate portraits available in lithographs. He should have found them.” ~ Rob Trepp
According to the online Encyclopedia of Alabama, the 1790 Treaty of New York was an treaty involving the new United States under George Washington’s administration and the Creek and Seminole Nations.
The Treaty of New York of August 7, 1790 is most noteworthy in American history because it contains language in it that was only known to certain parties signing the agreement. In other words, not all of the Chiefs and Warriors were given all the details of the treaty.
Among other things, the treaty ended the Spanish “monopoly of trade” with the Creeks and the Creeks agreed to keep out run away slaves.
Alexander McGillivray personally gained from signing the treaty on behalf of some Creek Chiefs. McGillivray was given the rank of Brigadier General unbeknownst to many Creek Chiefs signing the treaty and was also given annual pay of $1,200. McGillivray also claimed to speak for the Seminole during the signing of the treaty.