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John Sawyer letter to Rev. William Jenks, 1810

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John Sawyer letter to Rev. William Jenks, 1810 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 5, page 148-152.

After the American Revolution, the Wabanaki suffered from poverty, discrimination, and displacement.

Native American people were forced to surrender their land to the new American government. Hunting ground was turned into farmland, and the Wabanaki could no longer survive by hunting, trapping, fishing, and migrating with the seasons.

This letter describes the attempts of a missionary to teach the Wabanaki how to become farmers. He writes, "they should settle, and cultivate their land - have a school for their children, & live like white people."

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