Presenter: Katherine Hermes, Ph.D. Professor of History, Central
Connecticut State University. Location: Torrington Historical Society
Carriage House. When English settlers came to Connecticut in 1635, they
did so at the
invitation of the Wangunk sachem, Sowheag, and his son, Sequasson.
Conflict soon followed with the Pequot War in 1637. Most conflicts,
however, did not result in war and were the stuff of everyday
encounters. The Wangunk, Tunxis and other Native people used their own
law and the English courts to argue for justice, and sometimes they
This program will discuss Native jurispractice and demands for justice
in colonial courts, 1637-1775.