The Pequot Wars started with the death of one man and ended with making use of the word Pequot a crime. We often put the Puritans on a pedestal, due mainly to the pride many Americans have with being remotely descended from a passenger on the Mayflower as well as politicians constantly referring to them when they talk about our Judeo-Christian culture.
Essential Question: Is violence inevitable between indigenous peoples and colonists?
- Read Mending Wall by Robert Frost
- Good fences make good neighbors, but what if your neighbors don't believe in fences?
- Watch the video Massacre at Mystic
- Vocabulary: wampum, concessions, subjugated, diplomatic
- What was the relationship between the Pequot and Puritans before the massacre? After?
- What differences in ideas about land and property caused so much trouble?
- Why did some Native Americans fight with the Puritans against the Pequots?
- How much responsibility do you place on the Puritans actions leading to the massacre?
- How did the massacre change the colonies going forward?
- Class Discussion questions during the watching.
- Read p. 118 of Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewn
- Read about the Pequot War