Did you know that during the French and Indian War, Francis Lewis, New York Signer of the Declaration, was a clothing contractor for the British? He was standing next to Colonel Mersey when the colonel was killed in battle at Fort Oswego, in August of 1756. Lewis was one of 30 men taken captive by the Indians and finds that his native language was similar to the language spoken by the Indians. He was able to converse with them thus the chief frees him, requesting that he be returned to his family. However, the French send him to France instead. By 1763, he was returned to the colonies, in a prisoner swap, and the British compensated him, for the time in prison, by giving him a thousand acres in New York. With this, he was able to re-establish himself in business and builds a large fortune.