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Land ownership was not the sole reason for conflict between Indians and English, Jenny Pulsipher writes in Subjects unto the Same King , a book that cogently redefines the relationship between Indians and colonists in seventeenth-century New England. Rather, the story is much more complicated—and much more interesting. It is a tale of two divided cultures, but also of a host of individuals, groups, colonies, and nations, all of whom used the struggle between and within Indian and English communities to promote their own authority.
As power within New England shifted, Indians appealed outside the region—to other Indian nations, competing European colonies, and the English crown itself—for aid in resisting the overbearing authority of such rapidly expanding societies as the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Thus Indians were at the center—and not always on the losing end—of a contest for authority that spanned the Atlantic world. Beginning soon after the English settled in Plymouth, the power struggle would eventually spawn a devastating conflict—King Philip's War—and draw the intervention of the crown, resulting in a dramatic loss of authority for both Indians and colonists by century's end.
Through exhaustive research, Jenny Hale Pulsipher has rewritten the accepted history of the Indian-English relationship in colonial New England, revealing it to be much more complex and nuanced than previously supposed.
About the Author
Jenny Hale Pulsipher teaches history at Brigham Young University.
Table of Contents
Note on the Text
Models of Authority
Massachusetts Under Fire
Years of Uncertainty
Allies Fall Away
The "Narragansett War"
A Perilous Middle Ground
Massachusetts's Authority Undermined
A Crisis of Spirit
Massachusetts Fights Alone
League of Peace Between Massasoit and Plymouth
List of Abbreviations
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In which the author provides a close analysis of how the drive for political and social control by the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony alienated its neighbors, both Indian natives and Englishmen, and helped to provoke the series of Indian wars that ultimately humbled the self-proclaimed "city on a hill." The process depicted is such that the assorted Indian polities, religious dissenters, and inhabitants of Maine are anything but cowed by the pretensions of the Bay Colony government, and are quite prepared to appeal to the royal government in England in terms of seeking satisfaction; this linkage of colonial and English politics is what makes this book particularly interesting.