Let’s Talk History 48: No More Pequots


The Pequot War of 1636–1637, a series of long-standing conflicts between the Dutch-allied Pequot tribe of southeastern present-day Connecticut and English settlers, and ending with the near-extermination of the Pequot, the last major threat to puritan expansion into the Connecticut River Valley to accommodate an increasing population of emigrants.

Causes for the war include, 1) Native American inter-tribal conflict, part of which divides the Pequot into pro-Dutch and pro-English factions and separates the Pequot and the Mohegan-Pequot into two tribes, and 2) the killings of Englishmen Captain John Stone and trader John Oldham by tribes of the Pequot and Narragansett; in response, Narragansett chief Miantonomo condemns the Narragansett killing and pledges hostility toward the Pequot.

Settled along the Pequot and Mystic Rivers (the present-day Thames and Mystic Rivers), over four hundred Pequots are killed by Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay and Pilgrim Colony settlers and their Mohegan and Narragansett allies. In 1638, the Hartford Treaty is signed, disallowing Pequot settlement in former territory, expunging the name Pequot and its application to Native American tribes, and providing for the dispersal of surviving Pequots to enemy tribes as slaves and assimilated tribal members

And, another one bites the dust … stay tuned for the expulsion of Puritan Anne Hutchinson from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. See ya next Tuesday! >>>