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Mayflower, Day by Day - Friday, 17 September 1621

17 Sep 2021 2:39 AM | Soule (Administrator)

Numerically, the Pokanokets were at a decided disadvantage. Struggling to maintain their existence as a separate and identifiable people, they were beginning to ally with the Massachusetts to the north and the Nausets on Cape Cod, who were also opposed to the Narragansetts.  The Pilgrims had come along at a very opportune time: while it is often stated, to the point of cliché, that without the Pokanoket Indians, the Pilgrims would not have survived, it is also quite clear that without the Pilgrims, the Pokanoket Indians would not have survived.  The presence of the Pilgrims enabled Massasoit and his tribe to break free from the Narragansetts, and extend their own control over the neighbouring tribes.

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