Fort Shantok State Park
Situated next to the Thames River, Fort Shantok State Park is a significant historic site for the Mohegan Indian tribe. It was once the site of a large Mohegan settlement, called Fort Shantok, in the mid-1600s. There, Mohegans gathered with one of the tribe's greatest leaders of the period, Sachem (chief) Uncas, who formed an alliance with the British in their fight against the Narragansett Indians. In 1645, the Narragansetts attacked the fort but fell back once British lieutenant Thomas Leffingwell arrived with food and provisions at night under the cover of darkness. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.
Backstory and Context
"Tribal Culture." NativeAmericanMohegans.com. Accessed January 23, 2019. http://www.nativeamericanmohegans.com/local.htm.
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