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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Narraganset Indians, (search)
s all the captives and canoes they had taken from him; to submit all matters of controversy between Uncas and them to the congress; keep perpetual peace with the English; and give hostages for the performance of the treaty. This compact was signed Aug. 30, 1645. The Narragansets engaged in King Philip's War, and had a strong fort in a swamp in South Kingston, R. I. Against this fort marched about 1,000 New-Englanders in the middle of December, 1675. With these troops were about 150 Mohegan Indians, and Governor Winslow, of Plymouth, was the commander-in-chief. They marched through deep snow, and at 4 P. M. on Dec. 16 they attacked the fort. There was but one entrance, which had to be reached in the face of a fire from a blockhouse. The Massachusetts men, who first attacked, were repulsed, and several of the captains were killed. There was a desperate hand-to-hand fight, and the Indians were finally driven out into the open country. The 600 wigwams were set on fire, and the w