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George Rogers Clark fought on the northwest frontier during the Revolutionary War, achieving remarkable victories that helped America expand its borders.
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However, no government would take responsibility for these debts, leaving Clark to be pursued by creditors.
Clark took work as an Indian commissioner and as a land surveyor, and even considered leaving America to live in Spanish territory. But whatever he did, claims and suits related to Clark's wartime debts overshadowed the rest of his life.
In 1809, a serious burn led to Clark's leg being amputated, which meant Clark could no longer live on his own. He was 65 when he died on February 13, 1818, at his sister's farm outside of Louisville, Kentucky.
After his death, Clark's family continued to the fight for his debts to be paid by the government; his heirs eventually obtained a financial settlement. Though his accomplishments were discounted during his lifetime, the role Clark played in American expansion is fully recognized today.
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