2006: Clash of Civilizations

“A Clash of Civilizations:  Wangunk and Colonial Relations in the 17th and 18th Century in Middletown and Portland Connecticut” by Eli Scherer

An examination of relations between the Wangunk Indians and white settlers in Middletown, Connecticut during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  It is not an extensive account of life for either group nor is it the story of Middletown during this time period. The report focuses on certain instances and events from the 1630’s to the 1760’s that exemplify how these two groups interacted.  What emerges from these examples is not a story of amiable relations but rather the clash of two civilizations.

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