This Day in History

On May 26, 1637, the Pequot massacres began with the Mystic Massacre during the Pequot War, one of the first major conflicts between colonists and Native Americans in New England. In a pre-dawn raid, English settlers and their Native American allies set fire to a Pequot village near the Mystic River in Connecticut, killing hundreds of men, women, and children. This brutal event signaled a violent, transformative period in colonial American history, significantly impacting the Native peoples of the northeastern United States.