In Providence, Plymouth Colony in 1638 a young Nipmuc tribesman, returning home from trading beaver pelts, is fatally stabbed in a robbery near Plymouth Colony by a white runaway servant and fellow rogues. Fighting for his life, the tribesman is able with his final breaths to reveal the details of the attack to Providence’s governor, Roger Williams. A frantic manhunt by the fledgling government ensues, followed by the convening of the colony’s first murder trial, with Plymouth Colony’s governor Thomas Prence presiding as judge. The jury is made up of local settlers whose allegiance seems more likely to be with the accused than with the murdered Nipmuc tribesman.
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