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Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

Abstract

According to his kin, John Wompas was “no sachem,” although he claimed that status to achieve his economic and political ends. He drew on the legal and political practices of both Indians and the English—even visiting and securing the support of King Charles II—to legitimize the land sales that funded his extravagant spending. But he also used the knowledge acquired in his English education to defend the land and rights of his fellow Nipmucs. This book offers a window on seventeenth-century New England and the Atlantic world from the unusual perspective of an American Indian who, even though h ... More

Keywords: John Wompas, land sales, Nipmucs, American Indian, New England, seventeenth century, English empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780300214932
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300214932.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenny Hale Pulsipher, author
Brigham Young University