Wesumbe deed, Nov. 28, 1668

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Wesumbe deed, Nov. 28, 1668

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Wesumbe, a Wabanaki Sagamore called "Captain Sandy" by the English, deeded twenty square miles of land between the Great and Little Ossipee Rivers to Francis Small of Kittery, who operated a trading post at the site. Small's payment included two large Indian blankets, two gallons of rum, two pounds of powder, four pounds of musket balls and twenty strings of Indian beads.

Wabanaki people had regular meetings with one another to renew agreements and relationships. Wabanaki leaders used English-based deeds to open diplomatic ties with the settler colonialists, similar to their tribal relationships. While the payment might seem minimal, it is more reasonable if seen as a yearly offering.

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About This Item

  • Title: Wesumbe deed, Nov. 28, 1668
  • Creator: Wesumbe
  • Creation Date: 1668-11-28
  • Subject Date: 1668-11-28
  • County: York
  • State: ME, NH
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. S-1262
  • Object Type: Text

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