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Inhaltsangabe: Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the French raided the English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Striking swiftly, the Abenaki killed twenty-seven men, women, and children, and took thirteen captives, including thirty-nine-year-old Hannah Duston and her week-old daughter, Martha. A short distance from the village, one of the warriors murdered the squalling infant by dashing her head against a tree. After a forced march of nearly one hundred miles, Duston and two companions were transferred to a smaller band of Abenaki, who camped on a tiny island located at the junction of the Merrimack and Contoocook Rivers, several miles north of present day Concord, New Hampshire. This was the height of King William's War, both a war of terror and a religious contest, with English Protestantism vying for control of the New World with French Catholicism. After witnessing her infant's murder, Duston resolved to get even. Two weeks into their captivity, Duston and her companions, a fifty-one-year-old woman and a twelve-year-old boy, moved among the sleeping Abenaki with tomahawks and knives, killing two men, two women, and six children. After returning to the bloody scene alone to scalp their victims, Duston and the others escaped down the Merrimack River in a stolen canoe. They braved treacherous waters and the constant threat of attack and recapture, returning to tell their story and collect a bounty for the scalps. Was Hannah Duston the prototypical feminist avenger, or the harbinger of the Native American genocide? In this meticulously researched and riveting narrative, bestselling author Jay Atkinson sheds new light on the early struggle for North America.
Inhaltsangabe: One day in 1697 Abenaki warriors descended on a small frontier village called Haverhill in the Massachusetts colony. Hannah Duston's husband daringly led seven of their children to safety, but he couldn't save his wife and their newborn daughter, whom the Natives seized. They marched Hannah and their other hostages north toward Quebec to sell them as slaves to the French. Two weeks into the arduous trek, Hannah, whose infant the Natives had killed right in front of her eyes, and two fellow captives conspired to escape and plotted their revenge. Moving among the sleeping Natives with tomahawks and knives, they killed two warriors, two women, and six children. Hannah returned to the bloody scene and scalped their victims before she and her cohorts embarked on the perilous voyage home. They braved treacherous waters and the constant threat of attack and repeat kidnapping, finally returning to tell their tale and show the scalps, for which Hannah collected a bounty. Was Hannah Duston America's first female freedom fighter, or was she a symbol of the coming genocide of Native Americans? In Massacre on the Merrimack, Jay Atkinson sheds new light on the controversy surrounding this colonial-era captive turned bloodthirsty avenger.
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