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New England Frontier: Puritans and Indians 1620-1675
New England Frontier Puritans and Indians 1620-1675 Author:Alden T. Vaughan Among the familiar events of early New England history, only two involve encounters between Indians and whites. Well remembered is Squanto's help to the Pilgrim fathers in their first years at Plymouth. Well remembered also in King Philip's War of 1675, which pitted certain Indian tribes against the Puritan colonies and their native allies in on... more »e of the bloodiest wars in American history. But even most specialists on seventeenth century America know little about the innumerable relationships of the intervening years-years in which colonists and Indians met sometimes in friendly interaction, sometimes in respectful disputation, and occasionally in mortal combat.
This book attempts the reconstruct that portion of seventeenth century New England history-the story of the Puritan and the American Indian. In part it is a narrative of the significant contacts between natives and New Englanders; in part it is an examination of Puritan ideals and institutions and how they adjusted to the practical exigencies of the Indian frontier; and finally, to a lesser extent, it is an attempt to gauge the impact of Puritan colonization on native society.« less