This was the height of King William’s War, both a war of terror and a religious contest, with English Protestantism vying for control of the New World with French Catholicism. After witnessing her infant’s murder, Duston resolved to get even. Two weeks into their captivity, Duston and her companions, a fifty-one-year-old woman and a twelve-year-old boy, moved among the sleeping Abenaki with tomahawks and knives, killing two men, two women, and six children. After returning to the bloody scene alone to scalp their victims, Duston and the others escaped down the Merrimack River in a stolen canoe. They braved treacherous waters and the constant threat of attack and recapture, returning to tell their story and collect a bounty for the scalps.
Was Hannah Duston the prototypical feminist avenger, or the harbinger of the Native American genocide? In this meticulously researched and riveting narrative, bestselling author Jay Atkinson sheds new light on the early struggle for North America.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter I The Raid 1
Chapter II Dispossessed 14
Chapter III The Settlement 38
Chapter IV A Forced March 50
Chapter V Count Frontenac and the Reign of Terror 82
Chapter VI The Tomahawk and the Knife 123
Chapter VII The Fate of Other Captives 141
Chapter VIII Escape from Sugar Ball Island 168
Chapter IX Samuel Sewall, Cotton Mather, and the General Court of Massachusetts 191
About the Author 310