Education: About Nonintercourse

When Wampanoag Chief Massasoit celebrated Thanksgiving in 1621 as a guest of the Plymouth Colony pilgrims, his tribe occupied an area that ran from Cape Cod north almost to Boston. Within 50 years, land-greedy colonists had forced the Indians into a corner of their territory, some 20,000 acres in an area known as Mashpee on the southwestern shore of Cape Cod. After another two centuries, the state of Massachusetts decided to turn the reservation into a township, and the Indians naively sold off their land, bit by bit. Today 500 Wampanoag are...

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