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There are four Brookfields in Massachusetts: West Brookfield, East Brookfield, North Brookfield, and just Brookfield (no South Brookfield). While on this walk I read a good book about King Philips War called “Until I Have No Country” by Michael Togias, a local author. It tells of the events and bloodshed of 1675-76 from the points of view of an English settler and a lieutenant to King Philip. Growing up in Massachusetts, this is something we just kind of glossed over in history class. We spent many Thanksgivings learning about how the Natives helped the Pilgrims during the first few winter’s, but we never learned how that relationship turned sour and one-sided within just one generation. I knew there was some sort of conflict between colonists and Natives but never realized the impact for both sides.

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