History Hi Jinks Book Club: Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts

Monday, December 7, 2015

7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Trustee's Room (3rd Floor)

Mon, 2015-12-07 19:00 - 20:15

Join us for a discussion of

 Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts:  Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country

Julie A. FisherDavid J. Silverman, Cornell University Press

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 multi-polar 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.

"This book is a sympathetic political and diplomatic biography of an important sachem who has rarely received adequate historiographical attention. It is an important contribution to our understanding of Indian diplomacy in southern New England between the Pequot War and King Philip's War. Students of colonial New England will find the nuanced understandings of Native community and kinship networks illuminating, and scholars of early America at all levels will discover in its pages a model for a Native-centered interpretation of on-the-ground colonial diplomacy."— Linford D. Fisher, William and Mary Quarterly

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