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Indigenous Territories on the Connecticut Shoreline During the Mid-1600s

This map was made using a combination of Indigenous maps, deeds, and testimony from the 1600s, along with maps made by Ezra Stiles in the 1700s. As Stiles often received second-hand information, I have chosen to not include territories he described that cannot be corroborated by other sources.

While the river boundaries for many of these territories are likely accurate, non-river borders as shown here are very approximate or speculative. The goal of the map is not to provide the exact territorial boundaries, but a sense of Indigenous ownership of land and the complexity of the system of territorial authority.

Some of the information found here is based on the following Indigenous map. If you would like to know more about the sources used please find them here.

Map made by the female sachem Shaumpishuh and her uncle Quassaquench in 1638 as part of a land deal with Henry Whitfield.