musket in hand and step back into early Colonial history to a place
called Groton, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Samuel and Rebecca
Reed were among the first English settlers in 1655 who would
go on to successfully endure the hardships of the frontier, raise two
children and survive the brutal King Philip War.
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Despite the rain, there for all to
see and appreciate were several foot prints deep in the soft sand.
These were recently made by moccasin shod hunters. [John Tinker]
carefully checked the soggy leather flintlock cover and took a deep
breath. Failure of the flint and powder due to the intense rain was not
an option at a critical moment like this.
The small band of weary traders had struggled for
three days of hard
paddling, pushing and dragging canoes in shallow water, portaging over
and around a multitude of fallen trees, to travel from the frontier
town of Lancaster, Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Lancaster (Nashua)
was not one of the open free running rivers of Europe; this was the
raw, untamed New England frontier. Laboring with the paddles they
barely averaged five or six miles a day. No European hand had as yet
tried to tame this wild, tree-cluttered, unruly river and place the
traditional patchwork of English farms in its rich bottomlands. It was
a matter of time.
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