Early Encounters--Native Americans and Europeans in New England: From the Papers of W. Sears Nickerson

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Early Encounters contains a selection of nineteen essays from the papers of prominent New England historian, antiquarian, and genealogist Warren Sears Nickerson (1880-1966). This extensive study of his own family ties to the Mayflower, and his exhaustive investigation of the first contacts between Europeans and Native Americans, in what is today New England, made him an unquestioned authority in both fields. 
     The research upon which the text of Early Encounters is based occurred between the 1920s and the 1950s. Each of Nickerson’s works included in this carefully edited volume is placed in its context by Delores Bird Carpenter; she provides the reader with a wealth of useful background information about each essay’s origin, as well as Nickerson’s reasons for undertaking the research. Material is arranged thematically: the arrival of the Mayflower; conflicts between Europeans and Native Americans; and other topics related to the history and legends of early European settlement on Cape Cod. Early Encounters is a thoughtfully researched, readable book that presents a rich and varied account of life in colonial New England.

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J. Delores Bird writes under the name of Delores Bird Carpenter, and teaches survey courses in American Literature, Oral Communication, and Persuasive Communication at Cape Cod community College. Among the publications that she has authored or edited under the name of Delores Bird Carpenter are the following: The Life of Lidian Jackson Emerson, The Selected Letters of Lidian Jackson Emerson, The Early Days of Cape Cod Community College, Early Encounters: Native Americans and Europeans in New England from the Papers of W. Sears Nickerson, and Land Ho! - 1620 A Seaman's Story of the Mayflower: Her Construction, Her Navigation and Her First Landfall by W. Sears Nickerson.

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