By Colin G. Calloway
The 1676 killing of Metacomet, the tribal chief dubbed "King Philip" by means of colonists, is often noticeable as a watershed occasion, marking the tip of a bloody warfare, dissolution of Indian society in New England, or even the disappearance of local peoples from the quarter. This assortment demanding situations that assumption, exhibiting that Indians tailored and survived, present quietly at the fringes of american society, much less noticeable than sooner than yet still keeping a different id and history. whereas confinement on tiny reservations, subjection to expanding kingdom law, enforced abandonment of conventional costume and technique of aid, and racist guidelines did reason dramatic adjustments, Natives still controlled to keep up their Indianness via customs, kinship, and neighborhood.
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Extra info for After King Philip's War: presence and persistence in Indian New England
83 These essays give scholarly validation to what Native people have always known: that invisibility, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, that Indians have been here all along, and that any portrait of New England's past that omits Indians through the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries is an incomplete sketch. As Native and non-Native scholars continue to explore the paths marked out here, and to venture down other trails that are perhaps yet to be charted, they will add depth, dimension, and texture to that sketch of the past.
In 1833 the State of Maine bought the four townships for $50,000. " Covetous white neighbors "took every advantage of them that they could, under colour of legal authority ... " Traders would sell Indian people liquor, encourage them to run up debts, then take them to court for nonpayment of the debts. 32 Disease continued to ravage Indian communities and break Indian hearts. 33 The Indian population on Nantucketonce described as an island "full of Indians"was halved between 1600 and 1670 and Page 6 then fell by another 90 percent or so over the next century; an outbreak of yellow fever in 1763 scythed the population from 358 to 136.
1965), which argues that the first two generations of Puritan settlers pursued generally peaceful and equitable relations with Indians, and Francis Jennings, The Invasion of America: Indians, Colonialism, and the Cant of Conquest (New York: W. W. Norton, 1976), which argues that not only did the Puritans have genocidal intentions toward Indians but they also distorted the record.