Rowlandson - 5000 Indians killed; 2500 colonists (40% and...

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The Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, 1676 Setting & Context
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Setting -- Metacom’s (King Philip’s) War, 1675-76 By early 1670s, European colonies in bitter conflict w/ Native Americans Growing settlements in southern New England surrounded ancestral Wampanoag lands Troubled by territorial loss & impact of English culture on his people, Metacom attacks colonial settlements in June, 1675
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King Philip’s War, cont. Other Algonquian peoples join King Philip (Nipmuck, Narragansett, Abenaki) Fall, 1675 -- Indian nations coordinate joint attacks on settlements in northern Connecticut River Valley, Maine Destroy 27 of 92 colonial towns; attack 40 others English settlement pushed east & south
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Northeastern European Settlements, 17th century
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Summer, 1676 -- Mohawks devastate major Wampanoag encampment King Philip killed in August -- Algonquian alliance crumbles; many captured, sold into slavery
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Unformatted text preview: 5000 Indians killed; 2500 colonists (40% and 10%, respectively, of each population) Stunted colonial New Englands territorial expansion and economic growth for decades Ended legal, political autonomy of regions Native peoples -- thereafter lived in small clusters, subordinated to the English Things to Think About A war between friends, trading partners, fellow Christians Bloodiest, most destructive war in American history, in proportion to total population Discussion Questions 1. What attitudes does Rowlandson display toward the Native Americans? 1. How does she describe her captors? Is her language solely negative? 1. How does Rowlandson explain her captivity? 1. How and why does she survive? 1. What is Mary Rowlandson like? Her personality? Skills? Traits? 1. Imagine Rowlandson as an (unwilling) anthropologist--what do we learn of Native American culture through her?...
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