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Colonial Encounters and Colonial Economics: Entangled Pequot role shifting in 1620-1770 New England

Author(s): William Farley

Year: 2014

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Recent scholarship has revealed that colonial entanglements starting in the early seventeenth century forced New England’s indigenous polities to renegotiate their modes of subsistence in order to maintain their group and individual identities. This paper explores the means by which one particular group shifted their economic strategies to meet new challenges presented them by early encounters with Dutch and English settlers. The Pequots, who in the 1620s dominated much of southern New England, were one of the native groups most significantly affected by the European settlement of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. This paper describes and interprets the avenues by which the Pequots mitigated their shrinking land base by broadening their economic strategies and participating in markets both novel and global. An emphasis is placed on the role played by Pequots in the growth and maintenance of regional whaling economies.


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Colonial Encounters and Colonial Economics: Entangled Pequot role shifting in 1620-1770 New England. William Farley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436669)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America