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John Eliot First Indian Teacher and his Interpreter COCKENOE-DE-LONG ISLAND
RARE Long Island Indian Missionary Book 1896

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A very rare New England/Long Island Native American history...Tooker, William Wallace JOHN ELIOT'S FIRST INDIAN TEACHER AND INTERPRETER COCKENOE-DE-LONG ISLAND AND THE STORY OF HIS CAREER FROM THE EARLY RECORDS, Harper, N.Y., 1896. Limited edition ONLY 215 copies printed. 60 pages.  The true story based on early documents of COCKENOE, a Long Island Indian captured during the Pequot War of 1637, who served the missionary John Eliot and the English settlers as an interpreter in New England and Long Island. His efforts proved indispensible in early Anglo-Indian relations. Much on colonial Long Island. Tooker was a noted historian of the Native Americans.
Extract of the text Introduction
     This little work is a brief resume of the career of an Indian of Long Island, who, from his exceptional knowledge of the English language, his traits of character, and strong personality, was recognized as a valuable coadjutor and interpreter by many of our first English settlers. These personal attributes were also known and appreciated by the inhabitants of some parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, by the Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England, and by the Governor of the Colony of New York, all of whom found occasion for his services in their transactions with the Indians. The facts which I shall present in their chronological order, and the strong circumstantial evidence adduced therefrom, will indicate the reasons why I have unraveled the threads of this Indian's life from the weft of the 
feast, and why the recital of his career should be the theme of a special essay, and worthy of a distinctive chapter in the aboriginal, as well as in the Colonial, history of Long Island.

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