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Swindler Sachem


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Indians, too, could play the land game for both personal and political benefit 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. Jenny Hale Pulsipher's biography offers a window on seventeenth-century New England and the Atlantic world from the unusual perspective of an American Indian who, even though he may not have been what he claimed, was certainly out of the ordinary. Drawing on documentary and anthropological sources as well as consultations with Native people, Pulsipher shows how Wompas turned the opportunities and hardships of economic, cultural, religious, and political forces in the emerging English empire to the benefit of himself and his kin.
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Jenny Hale Pulsipher is associate professor of history at Brigham Young University and author of Subjects unto the Same King: Indians, English, and the Contest for Authority in Colonial New England.


"Pieced together from scraps of evidence from dozens of archives, Jenny Pulsipher's startling story of John Wompas is a tour de force of historical imagination and reconstruction."--Richard Lyman Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus, Columbia University --Richard Lyman Bushman "In an act of archival wizardry, Jenny Hale Pulsipher has recreated the life of John Wompas, a trans-Atlantic traveler and one-time Harvard student whose personal experiences reveal how one remarkable Nipmuc took control of his life in the midst of never-ending challenges. Swindler Sachem expands our understanding of indigenous New England in unexpected ways."--Peter C. Mancall, author of Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson--A Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic --Peter C. Mancall

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