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Swindler sachem : the American Indian who sold his birthright, dropped out of Harvard, and conned the king of England

Author: Jenny Hale Pulsipher
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"John Wompas was, by the account of his kin, no sachem, although he claimed that status to achieve his economic and political ends. His efforts, including visiting and securing the assistance of King Charles II, were instrumental in preserving his homeland when he went before the Crown and used the knowledge acquired in his English education to defend the land and rights of his fellow Nipmucs. Jenny Hale Pulsipher's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: John Wompas; John Wompas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jenny Hale Pulsipher
ISBN: 0300214936 9780300214932
OCLC Number: 1005105845
Description: xiv, 368 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: "The place of their desires": Hassanamesit --
"Prask that was wife to John Wompas": the Pequot war and the enslavement of Ann Prask --
"To bee trained up among the English": John Wompas and the civilizing project --"My proper right & inheritance": John Wompas and the English land market --
"I cherish a desire to be at sea": John Wompas and the maritime Atlantic --
"New England hath lost the day": John Wompas protests to the English crown --
"Hee had lost a great many men in the warr": the Nipmucs and Ann Wompas in King Philip's war --
"The English did wrong them about their lands": the political awakening of John Wompas --
"Royall protection": John Wompas, subject status, and the English crown --
"One piece of land to cling on to": the Hassanamisco reservation. Appendix 1. Land transactions of John Wompas and Ann Prack Wompas, 1662-1679. Appendix 2. People and places connected to John Wompas.
Responsibility: Jenny Hale Pulsipher.

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