The Wampanoag/Pilgrim Treaty

 

Governor Carver and Massasoit agreed upon the terms of a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags.  The treaty of mutual support they negotiated said in part:

TERMS OF THE TREATY

1. That he nor any of his should do hurt to any of their people.

2. That if any of his did hurt any of theirs, he should send the offender, that they might punish him.

3. That if anything were taken away from any of theirs, he should cause it to be restored; and they should do the like to his.

4. If any did unjustly war against him, they would aid him; if any did war against them, he should aid them.

5. He should send to his neighbors confederates to certify them of this, that they might not wrong them, but might be likewise compromised in the conditions of peace.

6. That when their men came to them, they should leave their bows and arrows behind them.

 

Source:  www.pilgrimhall.org

 

From: Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford,
edited by Samuel Eliot Morison
(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984), p. 80