The Indians of the Nipmuck Country in Southern New England, 1630-1750: An Historical Geography
The North American Indian group known as the Nipmucks was situated in south-central New England and, during the early years of Puritan colonization, remained on the fringes of the expanding white settlements. It was not until their involvement in King Philip's War (1675-1676) that the Nipmucks were forced to flee their homes, their lands to be redistributed among the settlers. This group, which actually includes four tribes or bands--the Nipmucks, Nashaways, Quabaugs, and Wabaquassets--has been enmeshed in myth and mystery for hundreds of years. This is the first comprehensive history of their way of life and its transformation with the advent of white settlement in New England. Spanning the years between the Nipmucks' first encounters with whites until the final disposal of their lands, this history focuses on Indian-white relations, the position or status of the Nipmucks relative to the other major New England tribes, and their social and political alliances. Settlement patterns, population densities, tribal limits, and land transactions are also analyzed as part of the tribe's historical geography. A bibliography allows for further research on this mysterious and often misunderstood people group.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Early Contact with the English
The Weaker Tribes Seek Protection
Early Missionary Work
the business about land
Conﬂict in English and Indian Attitudes Regarding Land
Nipmuck Land Transfers and Settlement by the English Prior
The Spring Campaign of 676
Philip and the Nipmucks Part Company
Dispersal of the Nipmuck Tribes
Disposal of the Remaining Lands in the Nipmuck Country
The Nipmucks Go to War
acres alias attack baug began Bodge Boston bounds Brookﬁeld Capt chief sachem Christian chusetts colony conﬂict Connecticut Connecticut River council court Curtis Daniel Gookin deed di›erent dians e›ect e›orts enemy Indians England English ﬁeld ﬁfty ﬁght ﬁghting ﬁnal ﬁnally ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁsh ﬁve force governor grant Hassanamesit History of North hundred Ibid Indi James John Eliot John Winthrop King Philip’s Lancaster land later leaders letter living located magistrates major Mass Massachu Massachusetts General Court Massachusetts government Menemesit ment miles square missionary Mohegans muck named Narragansetts Nashaway Natick natives Nipmuck country Nipmuck tribes North Brookfield Nourse o›er o‡cers o‡cials ofthe Owaneco Pennacook Pequot War Pequots Philip Pokanokets praying towns purchase Puritan Pynchon Quabaug Quinebaug River sachem Sagamore Samuel sent settlement setts speciﬁcally Springﬁeld su›ered su‡cient Temple tion tract tribal Uncas Vaughan village vols Wabaquasset Wachusett Wampanoags Wampas Williams Winthrop Worcester York