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“The English Did Wrong Them About Their Lands”: The Political Awakening of John Wompas

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0009
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter details John Wompas's experience of returning home and finding an English family occupying his house, which was emblematic of the situation facing New England Indians in the last quarter ... More


“My Proper Right & Inheritance”: John Wompas and the English Land Market

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0005
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter studies John Wompas's career selling Native land. Working as a mariner gave Wompas connections to people across New England and the larger Atlantic world, and soon after leaving Harvard, ... More


“One Piece of Land to Cling on To”: The Hassanamisco Reservation

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0011
Subject:
History, Indian History

This concluding chapter studies the Hassanamisco Reservation. Edward Pratt, the executor of John Wompas's will, wasted no time attempting to cash in on his acquaintance with the land-rich Indian ... More


“To Bee Trained Up Among the English”: John Wompas and the Civilizing Project

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0004
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter details John Wompas's youth in the town of Roxbury. Although Roxbury was an English town, it had a decidedly Indian side. Because Roxbury was the home of John Eliot, the “apostle to the ... More


“Royall Protection”: John Wompas, Subject Status, and the English Crown

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0010
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter focuses on John Wompas's residence in London, which allowed him to make new friends and acquaintances. As he had done before, he drew on them for financial and emotional support and ... More


“I Cherish a Desire to Be at Sea”: John Wompas and the Maritime Atlantic

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0006
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter discusses John Wompas's “desire to be at sea.” Wompas spent his life straddling two worlds, so there is harmony in the fact that he sought the companionship of a group of men who spent ... More


“New England Hath Lost the Day”: John Wompas Protests to the English Crown

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0007
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter recounts the period when John Wompas left Massachusetts at a time of personal trouble as well as a time of trouble for the colony. Massachusetts had been under a cloud of royal ... More


Defending and Defrauding the Indians: John Wompas, Legal Hybridity, and the Sale of Indian Land

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Justice in a New World: Negotiating Legal Intelligibility in British, Iberian, and Indigenous America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781479850129
eISBN:
9781479838394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479850129.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

As Jenny Pulsipher recounts, the mid-seventeenth-century Nipmuc Indian John Wompas familiarized himself with both Native and settler concepts of land tenure, distribution, and sales, becoming adept ... More


Introduction

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the notorious figure of John Wompas, also known as John White. Upsetting expectations is emblematic of Wompas's entire life. He was a ... More


Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.001.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

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 ... More


“The Place of Their Desires”: Hassanamesit

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0002
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter looks at Hassanamesit, a Nipmuc Indian town nestled in the wooded hills forty miles inland from the coastal lands of the Massachusett Indians where John Wompas's ancestors came from. ... More


“Prask That Was Wife to John Wompas”: The Pequot War and the Enslavement of Ann Prask

Jenny Hale Pulsipher

in Swindler Sachem: The American Indian Who Sold His Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780300214932
eISBN:
9780300235548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300214932.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter focuses on John Wompas's wife, Ann Prask. Like Wompas, Prask came from a Native community and was raised in an English one, and like him she lost her mother and father at an early age. ... More


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