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The raid shocked New England colonists by the French and their Native American allies.

The Definitive Account of a Pivotal Episode in Colonial American History (2004)

 Although predicted, the raid shocked New England colonists. It added to tensions with the French and their Native American allies, and led to more community war preparedness in frontier settlements. The raid has been immortalized as a part of the early American frontier story, principally due to the account of one of its captives, the Rev. John Williams. He and his family were forced to make the long overland journey to Canada. His young daughter Eunice was adopted by a Mohawk family; she became assimilated and married a Mohawk man. Williams' account, The Redeemed Captive, was published in 1707 and was widely popular in the colonies.

A portion of the original village of Deerfield has been preserved as a living history museum, Historic Deerfield; among its relics is a door bearing tomahawk marks from the 1704 raid.[74][80] The raid is commemorated there on the weekend closest to February 29. Moving towards a more inclusive Historic Deerfield's yearly reenactment and educational programs treat "massacre" as a "dirty word" and stress Deerfield as a place to study cultural interaction and difference at society's borders.[76]

In addition, The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney, a historical fiction novel, commemorates this event through the eyes of a young Deerfield girl.




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