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AD 1637: English settlers burn Pequot village

English settlers, working with the Narragansetts and Mohegans, set fire to a fortified Pequot village near the Mystic River in what is now Connecticut. The settlers kill several hundred Pequots. A few escape. Others survive only to be captured and sold into slavery in the West Indies.

A year earlier, an armed expedition left Boston to attack the Narragansett Indians on Block Island. The English killed some, but others hid in the thick forests of the island. The English went from one deserted village to the next, destroying crops. Then they sailed back to the mainland and raided Pequot villages along the coast, burning crops.

Land and Water, Native Rights

Depiction of the 1637 battle between English settlers and Pequots near the Mystic River

Courtesy Library of Congress