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[1210] John Underhill, The Figure of the Indians' Fort or Palizado in New England and the Manner of the Destroying it by Captayne Underhill and Captayne Mason (1638),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-32055].
In 1636, the English settlers engaged in a campaign to wipe out the Pequot tribe of New England. Captain John Underhill chronicled the Pequot War in his News from America (1638), providing this sketch of the Puritans, along with their Narragansett allies, encircling and destroying a Pequot village.

[1232] Roger Williams, The Bloudy Tenent, of Persecution, for Cause of Conscience, Discussed, in a Conference Betweene Truth and Peace (1644),
courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Roger Williams's Bloudy Tenent of Persecution was a plea to the Massachusetts legislature for freedom of conscience for himself and others in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

[5219] Roger Williams, A Key into the Language of America (1643),
courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
Williams held important offices and fought for Native American rights, including acting as negotiator for the Narragansetts during King Philip's War. In 1643 he published A Key into the Language of America. A Key, which deals with Narragansett language and culture, is an unusual and sympathetic mix of ethnography, grammar, and promotional tract.

[6942] Christopher Moses, Photo of Statue of Roger Williams, Providence, Rhode Island (2002),
courtesy of Christopher Moses.
A Puritan whose unorthodox views alienated him from both the Massachusetts Bay and the Plymouth colonies, Roger Williams has been reclaimed by some contemporary scholars as a democratic and pluralistic hero.

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