Walker Pond Massacre: Sanitizing and Forgetting the Past


Presented by Todd Little-Siebold, CoA Professor of History

From 6.00 pm until 7.00 pm

Sometime in the seventeenth century English militamen raided the indigenous community of Archimagam located on Walker Pond in what is today known as Brooksville. These "rangers," as they were called, fell on the community at dawn after an annual celebration of the green corn and massacred every man, woman and child. This massacre, remembered in Euro-American memory as The Battle of Walker Pond seems emblematic of several elements of early American history. This talk will explore the colonial violence that led to the military defeat of the Wabanaki's French allies and the seizure of their land as well as the ways that subsequent historians sanitized the past and turned a massacre into a battle.

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