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Brethren by NatureNew England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery$
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Margaret Ellen Newell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801434150

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801434150.001.0001

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“We sold … 47 Indians, young and old for 80£. in money”

“We sold … 47 Indians, young and old for 80£. in money”

Enslavement in King Philip’s War

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(p.131) Chapter 6 “We sold … 47 Indians, young and old for 80£. in money”
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Brethren by Nature
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Margaret Ellen Newell

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801434150.003.0007

This chapter focuses on King Philip's War (1675–76) and its impact on Indian–English relations and the Native American experience. Most historical narratives of the war mention the captivity and enslavement of Indians. In these accounts, captivity largely forms a coda for some Indians and a marker of English victory. Putting captives at the center of King Philip's War does not completely revise our understanding of the war's progress and outcomes. It does, however, help explain the behavior of civil and military leaders on both sides of the conflict. Like the Pequot conflict, King Philip's War began for complex reasons but quickly became a war about captives. These were different wars, yet the outcomes with regard to captivity and enslavement proved curiously similar.

Keywords:   King Philip's War, Indian–English relations, Native Americans, Indian slaves, Indian captives, Pequot Indians

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