Joseph Rusnak, Assistant Programs Director at the Redwood, discusses the causes that led Colonial New England to its first Indian War. In 1621 the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and their neighbors, the Wampanoag Indians, sat down in what we recognize as the first Thanksgiving. Fifty years later In 1675, the feelings of good cheer over and New England found itself in an armed conflict the likes of which it would not see until the American Revolution, King Philip's War. How, in a single generation, did the peacefully coexisting sides turn to bloodshed? He will examine some of those causes, including the ecological, economic, and cultural changes, that will result in the eventual destruction of the coastal Indian tribes and the westward movement of colonization.
Members Free; Non-members $10. Reception at 5:30 pm, followed by the lecture at 6:00 pm. Register online or call 401-847-0292 for reservations.