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Dawnland Time Line - 1688 to 1700
King William's War

Last Updated Dec-2008

Period Summary - This was a European as well as local war. Again, all the English settlers fled from Coastal Maine to safety further south. In New England, warfare occurred in the region between the Kennebec River of Maine in the east and the Connecticut River in the west. The European war ended in 1697 with the Treaty of Ryswick, but continued in New England for two more years. During the war French officers often accompanied Wabanaki warriors in their New England raids. French weapons and military supplies assisted the Wabanaki in carrying out this war. The Jesuit Priests living among the Wabanaki became a visible symbol of Wabanaki/French relationship and this greatly concerned the English.

A Table of Events Affecting Wabanaki People
for the period 1688 to 1700 (King William's War)
with links to additional information
Date Event Location Notes More
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1688+ Western Abenaki begin to Migrate some to Quebec    
1689, Jan.29 Charges made New England soldiers are being treated with less mercy by their lieutenants than by the Indians  
1689, Jul.13 Order Wells ME providing for the payment of the Indians lately employed in the public service  
1690, Apr.7 Document   Thomas North, a deserter, declared he would as soon kill one of the men at the garrison as an Indian  
1690, Sept Eastern Expedition Maine Maj. Benj. Church attacks a village on the Androscoggin River
1690, Sep.27 Order ? Indians, who were captured by the army at Portsmouth, are to be sent to Capt. Alden  
1690, Nov.11 Letter to Penobscot to Madockawando and other Sagamores as to the agreement made with John Hawkins [aka Kancamagus] for the exchange of captives  
1690, Nov.19 Articles of Truce Boston MA to be witnessed by the English, are mentioned in the instructions to Captain John Alden, commander of the sloop "Mary", relative to his sailing to Sagadohoc for an exchange of captives; English captives are to be brought in by the Indians  
abt 1690 Iroquois raid St. Francois Village Odanak Quebec Canada warriors were away hunting  
1690 Treaty Maine several of the signer's wives were being held hostage  
1690 Raid Salisbury MA
Odanak PQ
During this raid, young Samuel Gill is taken captive. He is adopted by the Abenaki of Odanak and becomes the ancestor of many English, French, & Abenaki mixed bloods. Several of this family become leaders among the Abenaki People at Odanak.  
1690's Smallpox Epidemic Northeast    
1691, Apr.4 Letter Wells ME announcing a visit of the Indians, who were expected to return in ten days to meet with Capt. Converse  
1691, May 1 Treaty Wells ME to return some captives, part in ten days and part in twenty days  
1691, May 25 Report Wells ME Agreement of May 1 to return captives has been broken  
1693, Aug.11 Phip's Treaty/Treaty of Pemiquid Pemiquid ME signed by Madockawando
... several Indians are given as hostages
... treaty not accepted by many tribes
1694, July 18 Raid Oyster River NH Abenaki destroy the settlement
1695, Dec.10 Order Boston MA Indians found within five miles east or twenty miles west of the Connecticut River are to be treated as enemies  
1696, Aug.16 Letter Canada Monsieur D'Iberville threatens Boston concerning Indian hostages taken from the Penobscot and Kennebec. He states that if the prisoners are not released he will turn English prisoners over to the Indians  
1697, May 31 Report NH Captain John (Indian) is killed by the enemy while scouting up the Merrimack River with another Indian and an Englishman, the others were captured and carried to Winnipesaukee  
1699, January Treaty Maine war ends in the Northeast