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At several Midwest historic battlefields, interpretation changing to give more nuanced view of war

While July 4, 1776, marks the day the United States officially emerged as an independent nation, the Toledo region is pockmarked with historic sites that hosted critical frontier confrontations in the Republic’s infancy.

Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis in Maumee, Fort Meigs in Perrysburg, and River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Mich., all tell stories about settlers carving out a wedge in the wilderness of a young America, often at the expense of indigenous tribes fighting to protect their homes.