Native American massacre in Cos Cob?

missywolfe.jpgAuthor, historian and Greenwich resident Missy Wolfe will give a talk on the Great Munsee Massacre of 1644.

In a bitterly cold February of 1644, a force of 130 mercenary soldiers, under orders from Governor Kieft of New Amsterdam, arrived at Tomac Cove and began a fateful march in a northwesterly direction. This foray through Greenwich resulted in the deaths of approximately 700 men women and children who were burned alive in one evening.  Wolfe reports the four historically proposed locations of this enormous event, though the actual location has never been verified, and the deaths and lives of these native people, who lived in our region for over 10,000 years, has never been truly acknowledged.

Was there an Indian “battle of Strickland Plains” in Cos Cob? Why were these Indians killed, where did it happen and who did the deed? Were Greenwich founders involved in what has been called the largest genocide of native Americans in the Northeast?

Find out out at an event at 10 a.m. on March 19, hosted by the Retired Men’s Association, at First Presbyterian Church, Lafayette Place, Greenwich.   Free; no reservations are required.

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Barbara Perry Bind