Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country by Julie A. FisherNinigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country by Julie A. Fisher

Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in…

byJulie A. Fisher, David J. Silverman

Hardcover | May 22, 2014

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Ninigret (c. 1600–1676) was a sachem of the Niantic and Narragansett Indians of what is now Rhode Island from the mid-1630s through the mid-1670s. For Ninigret and his contemporaries, Indian Country and New England were multipolar political worlds shaped by ever-shifting intertribal rivalries. In the first biography of Ninigret, Julie A. Fisher and David J. Silverman assert that he was the most influential Indian leader of his era in southern New England. As such, he was a key to the balance of power in both Indian-colonial and intertribal relations.Ninigret was at the center of almost every major development involving southern New England Indians between the Pequot War of 1636–37 and King Philip's War of 1675–76. He led the Narragansetts' campaign to become the region's major power, including a decades-long war against the Mohegans led by Uncas, Ninigret's archrival. To offset growing English power, Ninigret formed long-distance alliances with the powerful Mohawks of the Iroquois League and the Pocumtucks of the Connecticut River Valley. Over the course of Ninigret's life, English officials repeatedly charged him with plotting to organize a coalition of tribes and even the Dutch to roll back English settlement. Ironically, though, he refused to take up arms against the English in King Philip’s War. Ninigret died at the end of the war, having guided his people through one of the most tumultuous chapters of the colonial era.

Julie A. Fisher received her PhD in history from the University of Delaware and is currently consulting with the National Park Service's Roger Williams National Memorial site. David J. Silverman is Professor of History at George Washington University and the author of Red Brethren: The Brothertown and Stockbridge Indians and the Proble...
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Title:Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in…Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:May 22, 2014Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
A Chronology of Key Events in the Life of Ninigret xxi
1. Being and Becoming a Sachem 1
2. "To obtaine it by force" 31
3. "I doe but Right my owne quarrell" 54
4. A Time of Decision 87
5. Ninigret's Narragansett War 113
Epilogue: The Small Matter of Eltwood
Pomeroy’s Mare

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"This engaging and nuanced biography illuminates the life and career of one of the most important political figures of seventeenth-century North America. Often an enemy to the English colonists, but finally their reluctant ally, Ninigret lived through—and significantly shaped—a period of dramatic historical change. In Julie A. Fisher's and David J. Silverman's hands, his life yields powerful insights." - Brett Rushforth, author of Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France