The Indians of the Nipmuck Country in Southern New England, 1630-1750: An Historical Geography (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Dec 15, 2000 - Social Science - 316 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Introduction The Indians and the Country
7
The Pequot War of 1637 Nipmuck Involvement
26
Early Contact with the English
43
The Weaker Tribes Seek Protection
58
Colonial Authorities Go to the Aid of the Nipmucks
70
Early Missionary Work
84
Missionary Work Revived the business about land
102
Conflict in English and Indian Attitudes Regarding Land Ownership The Story of John Wampas
122
The Spring Campaign of 1676
183
Peace Negotiations Philip and the Nipmucks Part Company
198
Dispersal of the Nipmuck Tribes
214
Disposal of the Remaining Lands in the Nipmuck Country
232
Conclusions
254
Notes
269
Bibliography
291
Index
299

Nipmuck Land Transfers and Settlement by the English Prior to 1675
138
The Nipmucks Go to War
159

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About the author (2000)

Dennis A. Connole is a retired media specialist living in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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