The Story of the War with the Pequots Re-Told

The Story of the War with the Pequots Re-Told

The Story of the War with the Pequots Re-Told

The Story of the War with the Pequots Re-Told

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The Story of The War with the Pequots, Re-Told

HOWARD BRADSTREET

ON May 1, 1637, the General Court sitting at Hartford ordered an offensive war against the Pequots. It was a remarkable action to take. On the one hand was a small group of peace- loving men who had come into the Connecticut Valley with their wives, children, and all their goods to establish homes. They were without experience in war, and unacquainted with the methods of Indian fighting.

On the other hand were the powerful and numerous Pequots, who were the terror of all the tribes of Connecticut. They were warriors who had come into the region, overpowering the native tribes and dominating them imperiously. Each year their agent came to collect tribute from the still proud chiefs along the river, who dared not refuse to pay, knowing the penalty that would be inflicted.

The Hooker party had been less than a year in the valley. Their time had been fully occupied in providing the shelter and food necessary for existence, and in organizing some form of government which might bind together the three struggling plantations. To declare an offensive . . .

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