The Captive’s Lament: Re-interpreting Rowlandson’s Narrative
From this page, you can view all the media associated with Chapter Seven of Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War. View a full color map of Mary Rowlandson's Removes above, or by clicking the link below, under "Maps." You may also open the interactive story map of Mary Rowlandson's narrative. Click on the links under "Documents" to view images of original manuscripts. Click on the link under "Connections" to navigate to "The Captive's Lament" path, which highlights contemporary images of the places through which Rowlandson and Weetamoo traveled, alongside other related media in historical and geographical context.
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Mary Rowlandson’s Removes and Weetamoo’s Path
This map highlights the Native trails, waterways, towns and territories through which the Wampanoag leader Weetamoo and the English captive Mary Rowlandson traveled in the winter and spring of 1676, as described in The Sovereignty and Goodness of God: A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson (1682). Readers may also view an interactive storymap of Rowlandson’s captivity narrative, with contemporary images of key locations. Follow the pages in this path for more images and information on the places that Mary Rowlandson described as “removes” — travel that took her farther from her home and deeper into Native space. At any time, you can return to this map by clicking "The Captive's Lament" Path at the top of the page.
1../media/images/ashuelot-view-at-rt-63-IMG-CL.jpg2017-05-29T18:41:54+00:00Remove 10: Ashuelot Crossing14image_header2019-05-30T15:07:21+00:00Mary Rowlandson noted that on this day, her party traveled only 3/4 of a mile, waiting until the next day to cross the Ashuelot River. They "pitched their wigwams" and encamped below the well-known river crossing. Mary took it upon herself to go back to the place where they had previously stayed, seeking additional food.
Looking at the Removes Map or the Storymap, you can see that this river crossing sits at the crossroads of multiple trails. One route led northeast to Ashuelot, a gathering place also located at the intersection of trails, which brought some of the people who gathered here on Kwinitekw into the Penacook country. Other trails led leaders and survivors north, to seek sustenance and sanctuary, as well as alliance, upriver.