Mary Rowlandson was taken from her Massachusetts home in 1676 by the Narragansetts and had to march about 150 miles.
A devout Puritan, she hated the Indian way of life, saw her captors as “vile savages,” and especially disliked Weetamoo, the female leader she had to serve.
Rowlandson negotiated a ransom for her release and later wrote a popular book about her three-month experience.
Although we do not know what Weetamoo felt about Mary Rowland-son, we do know that Weetamoo was an important sachem, or leader, who was strongly against giving more land or rights to the English settlers. At one point she had 300 warriors under her command.
After she drowned in 1676 during the Native American uprising called King Philip’s War, the Puritans put her head on display, an act that shows how powerful they thought she was.