The Pequot War

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1996 - History - 219 pages
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This book offers the first full-scale analysis of the Pequot War (1636-37), a pivotal event in New England colonial history. Through an innovative rereading of the Puritan sources, Alfred A. Cave refutes claims that settlers acted defensively to counter a Pequot conspiracy to exterminate Europeans. Drawing on archaeological, linguistic, and anthropological evidences to trace the evolution of the conflict, he sheds new light on the motivations of the Pequots and their Indian allies. He also provides a reappraisal of the interaction of ideology and self- interest as motivating factors in the Puritan attack on the Pequots.

 

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Contents

Preconceptions and Misperceptions
13
Wampum Pelts and Power
49
Pequots and Puritans The Origins of the Conflict
69
The Pequots Humbled
122
The Pequot War and the Mythology of the Frontier
168
Notes
179
Index
215
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Alfred A. Cave is professor of history at the University of Toledo. His previous publications include Jacksonian Democracy and the Historians.

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