A History of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island: Keepers of the Bay

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Before Roger Williams set foot in the New World, the Narragansett farmed corn and squash, hunted beaver and deer and harvested clams and oysters throughout what would become Rhode Island. They also obtained wealth in the form of wampum, a carved shell that was used as currency along the eastern coast. As tensions with the English rose, the Narragansett leaders fought to maintain autonomy. While the elder Sachem Canonicus lived long enough to welcome both Verrazzano and Williams, his nephew Miantonomo was executed...

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Before Roger Williams set foot in the New World, the Narragansett farmed corn and squash, hunted beaver and deer and harvested clams and oysters throughout what would become Rhode Island. They also obtained wealth in the form of wampum, a carved shell that was used as currency along the eastern coast. As tensions with the English rose, the Narragansett leaders fought to maintain autonomy. While the elder Sachem Canonicus lived long enough to welcome both Verrazzano and Williams, his nephew Miantonomo was executed for his attempts to preserve their way of life and circumvent English control. Historian Robert A. Geake explores the captivating story of these native Rhode Islanders as he chronicles a history of the Narragansett from their early European encounters to the tribe's return to sovereignty in the twentieth century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781609492588
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 5/7/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 947,896
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Geake has been a Rhode Island author and historian for more than thirty years. His articles, book reviews and stories have appeared in numerous publications. His articles on Native American history may be found on rifootprints.com. Mr. Geake is an associate of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and a member of the American Historical Association and the Rhode Island Historical Society.
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