The Pilgrims, the Wampanoag, and Reciprocity with Jenny Hale Pulsipher

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower. dispossession, and disrespect by the Engllsh. But it wasn’t that way at the beginning, explains BYU history professor Jenny Hale Pulsipher. Associate Professor of History at Brigham Young University and author of Subjects unto the Same King: Indians, English, and the Contest for Authority in Colonial New England. Hear her make the case in this five-minute video.

 

The Pilgrims and the Wampanoag desperately needed each other when they first met, but things went downhill over the next forty years.

 

For many Native Americans, the commemoration of the arrival of the Pilgrims is a day of mourning and not of joy because of deadly disease and centuries of conflict,

 

The Massasoit Osamequin (above, left) and Pilgrim Edward Winslow (above, right) struck a mutual support treaty in 1621 that lasted for over fifty years but that soon deteriorated following both of their deaths.