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TALON, Indian chief, born about 1675. He was also called JEAN LE BLANC and OUTOUTAGA, the latter being probably his real name. He was chief of the Ottawas du Sable, and an able orator. His eloquence gave him great influence, and he was spokesman for the Indian allies of the French in their conference with Callieres, the French governor of Canada in 1701. In 1706 the Ottawas made an attack on Detroit, and having seized the Recollet chaplain of the fort, Father Constantin, were about to slay him, when Talon saved him from death and begged him to ask the commandant to stop tiring on them, as they had no designs on the fort, but only on the Miamis, who were protected by it. He retired shortly afterward with his tribe to Mackinaw. In June, 1707, he set out for Montreal, as the spokesman of the Ottawa chiefs. He made a long harangue to Vaudreuil, the governor, in which he stated that the trouble at Detroit had been occasioned by the commandant, Bourgmont, who refused him an audience no less than seven times. Vaudreuil refused to make peace until the surrender of Le Pesant, a chief who was supposed to have been principally instrumental in urging the Ottawas to attack the Miamis Le Pesant gave himself up, but, on the entreaty of Talon and other chiefs, was pardoned.
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