Sassacus

Sassacus (Massachusett: Sassakusu (fierce)) (c. 1560 June 1637) was born near present-day Groton, Connecticut. He was a Pequot sachem,[1] and he became grand sachem after sachem Tatobem was killed in 1632. The Mohegans led by sachem Uncas rebelled against domination by the Pequots.[2] Sassacus and the Pequots were defeated by the English along with their Narragansett and Mohegan allies in the Pequot War.

Sassacus is also a genus of jumping spiders.

Sassacus fled to what he thought was safety among the Iroquois Mohawks in present-day New York, but they murdered him. They sent his head and hands to the English as a symbolic offering of friendship with the Connecticut Colony.[3]

Footnotes

  1. "Pequot Indian Chiefs and Leaders". Handbook of American Indians. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  2. Oberg, p. 48
  3. Vaughan, Alden T. (1995). New England Frontier: Puritans and Indians, 1620-1675, p. 150. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-2718-X, ISBN 978-0-8061-2718-7.

References

  • Oberg, Michael Leroy, Uncas, First of the Mohegans, 2003, ISBN 0-8014-3877-2
  • Vaughan, Alden T. (1995). New England Frontier: Puritans and Indians, 1620-1675, p. 150. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-2718-X, ISBN 978-0-8061-2718-7
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