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Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country
Ninigret (c. 1600 1676) was a sachem of the Niantic and Narragansett Indians of what is now Rhode Island from the mid-1630s through the mid-1670s. For Ninigret and his contemporaries, Indian Country and New England were multipolar political worlds shaped by ever-shifting intertribal rivalries. In the first biography of Ninigret, Julie A. Fisher and David J. Silverman ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Cornell University Press
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The most powerful part of this book for me was the Preface, in which the authors adeptly argue that we have a skewed understanding of early colonial encounters in the American north-east, and that it is profoundly challenging to do better. They set out to do better all the same - and have modest success in doing so. As they argue, many of the sources to which we have access do not reveal much of the inner lives or domestic habits of Native people in the region. Instead, the largest source base ...more