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The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright

Ann M. Little


Born and raised in a New England garrison town, Esther Wheelwright (1696–1780) was captured by Wabanaki Indians at age seven. Among them, she became a Catholic and lived like any other young girl in the tribe. At age twelve, she was enrolled at a French-Canadian Ursuline convent, where she would spend the rest of her life, eventually becoming the order’s only foreign-born mother superior. Among these three major cultures of colonial North America, Wheelwright’s life was exceptional: border-crossing, multilingual, and multicultural. This book discovers her life through the communities of girls ... More

Keywords: Esther Wheelwright, Wabanaki Indians, Catholic, Ursuline convent, mother superior, free women, enslaved women, Ursuline nuns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300218213
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300218213.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann M. Little, author
Colorado State University