“In the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 29, 1704, a force of about 300 French and Native allies launched a daring raid on the English settlement of Deerfield, Mass., situated in the Pocumtuck homeland.”When the fighting stopped, 112 Deerfield men, women, and children were captured and taken on a 300-mile march to Canada. Some of the captives later returned to Deerfield, but one-third chose to remain among their French and Native captors. The little-known story of these men and women is the focus of “The Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704,”a new educational web site from the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association and Memorial Hall Museum. Was this dramatic pre-dawn assault in contested lands an unprovoked, brutal attack on an innocent village of English settlers? Was it a justified military action against a stockaded settlement in a Native homeland? Or was it something else? The answer to all of these questions could be “yes,”depending on your point of view. And that’s the notable thing about this site: It tells the story from all three viewpoints and lets students decide. In the process, students will come to understand that history is a story with several perspectives. In addition to the site’s many interactive features–including personal profiles of survivors, artifacts, historical maps, timelines, and the voices and songs of those who were there–the site also features a teacher’s guide designed to help educators frame historical lessons around the conflict, a glossary of terms, and links to other teaching resources.

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