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Here are a few of the documents concerning the Woronoco Indians who lived here before the white man settled. Unfortunately, they left the area after being decimated in King Philip's War. A copy of the Treaty at Big Tree is included because of General Shepard's involvement.

Other Athenaeum Resources: History of the Indians of Connecticut from the Earliest Known Period to 1850 by John De Forest 1852 (F804 D3)
Indian deeds of Hampden County : being copies of all land transfers from the Indians recorded in the county of Hampden, Massachusetts, and some deeds from other sources, together with notes and translations of Indian place names / edited by Harry Andrew Wright. 1905 (F844z H22w)
History of Ancient Westfield by Louis Marinus Dewey 1892-93 (F844z W52dew)
Online see: Pocomtuck/Pocomtuc http://www.angelfire.com/realm/shades/nativeamericans/pocomtuck.htm

Early accounts indicate that Indians were familiar with places often hundreds of miles distant and…

Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives Pre-emption of Native American land in New…

Copy of the Treaty of Big Tree (1797) made in 1812. The Treaty of Big Tree was between the Seneca…

Land deeds related to Westfield that were negotiated with the local Native Americans.

Land deeds related to Westfield that were negotiated with the local Native Americans.

Photograph of Alquat, Sachem [chief] of the Woronoak and Pojassuck tribes of the Pioneer Valley.…

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Map of Native American lands and landmarks within Westfield, Massachusetts.

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