The Pequot War

The Pequot War

The Pequot War

The Pequot War

Synopsis

An analysis of the Pequot War (1636-1637), a pivotal event in New England colonial history. After years of peace, Puritan settlers mounted a brutal assault on the Pequot Indians of Connecticut. This book refutes claims that the settlers acted defensively to counter a Pequot conspiracy.

Excerpt

The Pequot War of 1636-37 paved the way for the establishment of English hegemony in southern New England. For that reason, historians have generally agreed that it "is one of the most important events in early American history." Over the past quarter of a century, this war has been the subject of extensive scholarly discussion and controversy. But despite the wealth of insights into various aspects of the Puritan quarrel with the Pequots contained in the writings of Alden Vaughan, Francis Jennings, Neal Salisbury, and others, we still lack a detailed narrative history of the events leading up to the conflict and of its course and aftermath. There is no modern work to which a reader may turn for an accurate and complete account of the interaction of Puritans and Pequots in the crucial years between 1634 and 1637. This book attempts to meet the need for a full-scale study of New England's first Anglo-Indian war. the author hopes to resolve some of the more controversial questions about this crucial episode by reassessing the events that led to conflict in the light of present-day knowledge of the cultural values and attitudes of Pequots as well as Puritans.

Most of the basic facts about the war itself are not at issue. It is a matter of record that the English assaulted the Pequots after the failure of efforts to persuade them to apprehend and surrender to Puritan justice those Indians believed to be responsible for the deaths of Captain John Stone and other Englishmen. the record also reveals that immediately before the outbreak of hostilities English negotiators pressed new . . .

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