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Early Encounters
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Early Encounters contains a selection of nineteen essays from the papers of prominent New England historian, antiquarian, and genealogist Warren Sears Nickerson (1880-1966). This extensive study of his own family ties to the Mayflower, and his exhaustive investigation of the first contacts between Europeans and Native Americans, in what is today New England, made him an unquestioned authority in both fields. 
     The research upon which the text of Early Encounters is based occurred between the 1920s and the 1950s. Each of Nickerson’s works included in this carefully edited volume is placed in its context by Delores Bird Carpenter; she provides the reader with a wealth of useful background information about each essay’s origin, as well as Nickerson’s reasons for undertaking the research. Material is arranged thematically: the arrival of the Mayflower; conflicts between Europeans and Native Americans; and other topics related to the history and legends of early European settlement on Cape Cod. Early Encounters is a thoughtfully researched, readable book that presents a rich and varied account of life in colonial New England.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-41
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  1. Before the Mayflower: The Vikings and the French
  2. pp. 43-44
  1. The Wineland of Leif the Lucky
  2. pp. 45-53
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  1. First Blood: The Death of the Carpenter of St. Malo
  2. pp. 54-58
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  1. The Fight at Fortun
  2. pp. 59-68
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  1. The Coming of the Mayflower
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. The Captain of the Mayflower
  2. pp. 71-74
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  1. That Bright Dawn When Mayflower I First Sighted Cape
  2. pp. 75-87
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  1. William Bradford’s First Wife: A Suicide
  2. pp. 88-98
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  1. The First Encounter
  2. pp. 99-101
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  1. The Sparrow Hawk
  2. pp. 102-106
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  1. The French, the English, and the Indians: War in the Colonies, 1690-1745
  2. pp. 107-108
  1. Mary Corliss Neff
  2. pp. 109-116
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  1. How the Smiths Came to Cape Cod: Mary Smith of Oyster River
  2. pp. 117-122
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  1. Honor Bright: Elizabeth Vickery and the French Privateers
  2. pp. 123-129
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  1. Exploit of a Cape Cod Indian at Louisbourg, 1745
  2. pp. 130-133
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  1. Life and Legend on Cape Cod
  2. pp. 135-136
  1. A Cape Cod Colonial: Uncle Elathun's House
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. The Wading Place Path
  2. pp. 145-149
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  1. Pompmo and the Legend of Paw Waw's Pond
  2. pp. 150-156
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  1. Old Maushope's Smoke: A Cape Cod Indian Fog Legend
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. Native American History and Genealogy
  2. pp. 165-166
  1. The Praying Indians of Lower Cape Cod
  2. pp. 167-192
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  1. The Old Sagamore: Mattaquason of Monomoyick
  2. pp. 193-219
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  1. Micah Rafe, Indian Man: Last Full Blood on Lower Cape Cod
  2. pp. 221-246
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 253-258
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