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Our Beloved KinA New History of King Philip's War$
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Lisa Brooks

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300196733

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300196733.001.0001

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The Printer’s Revolt: A Narrative of the Captivity of James the Printer

The Printer’s Revolt: A Narrative of the Captivity of James the Printer

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Our Beloved Kin

Lisa Brooks

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the beginning of King Philip’s War in the Nipmuc country, focusing not only on Native responses and resistance but also on the colonial drive toward containment, charged by fear of unknown spaces and increased racialization of “Indians.” The Nipmuc scholar James Printer and his mission community of Hassanamesit are a center from which the story spirals out to the broader Nipmuc country, the Connecticut River Valley, and Massachusetts colony. This chapter highlights Nipmuc gatherings at the sanctuary of Menimesit and the ambush and standoff at Quaboag, known as “Wheeler’s Surprise,” and the Brookfield siege, focusing on strategic Indigenous guerilla warfare tactics and environmental knowledge. It also focuses on Indigenous diplomacy, including the arrival of Metacom in Nipmuc country. James and his kin at first attempted to avoid any embroilment in the burgeoning war but soon found themselves drawn into the conflict, as scouts serving colonial companies and captives taken in colonial campaigns. This chapter conveys the context of James’s own captivity by Massachusetts forces and his imprisonment in Cambridge, the site of his earlier education.

Keywords:   James Printer, Metacom (Philip), Hassanamesit, Menimesit, Quaboag, Nipmuc, King Philip’s War, Captivity, Indigenous tactics, Environmental Knowledge

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