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Abstract

This essay examines the significance of reservations in southern New England as indigenous places-in-the-making in the aftermath of King Philip’s War. It highlights crucial moments in the early eighteenth-century history of reservation communities in Connecticut that were engaged in struggles to defend their lands against the imposition of private property and the violence of dispossession that targeted Native women, who were purveyors of communal land rights. These post-war histories reveal that reservations were not localities of “pacified Indians”, but rather sites of new conflicts over the rights and futures of Native peoples within which gendered forms of dissent confronted the gendered violence of colonial law.

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