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Learning Exercise: The Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

The Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704
This site provides an analysis of the French Canadian-Indian raid on Deerfield in 1704 from the perspective of five national groups: English, French, Kanienkehaka, Wendat, and Wobanaki.
Course: United States History


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
October 02, 2006


The Raid on Deerfield in 1704 reflects the complexity of relationships between the French and the British and the Indian tribal states of the Kanienkehaka, Wendat, and the Wobanaki. The site offers five different perspectives from the five above mentioned groups. History is interpretative with a variety of meanings and stories. Read and listen to the introduction. Read the information about each of the five cultures in conflict with each other in Colonial Massachusetts. Go through each one of the TEN subdivisions of the Story Menu. Then "enter the conflict." Write an 8-10 page paper answering the following questions: 1). Why was the raid on Deerfield conducted?; 2). How did each of the five groups view their history and legacy in regard to Deerfield?; 3). What were the consequences of the Raid?; 4). Was the raid justified and what did it achieve?; 5). What were the consequences for each group?; 6). How would you interpet this episode of Colonial American History?
Additional Information: None.



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • High School


United States History/Colonial United States History/Native American History of Canada



Learning Objectives

To acquaint students with the complexity of the conflict and culture in Colonial America between the French, the British, and American Indian tribal nations.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised


An 8-10 page paper.
Assessment URL: None.

Technical Notes

Audio needed.