Roger Clap Memorial
We went up the Charles River, until the river grew narrow and shallow, and there we landed our goods with much labor and toil, the bank being steep; and night coming on, we were informed that there were hard by us three hundred Indians. One Englishman, that could speak the Indian language (an old planter) went to them and advised them not to come near us in the night; and they harkened to their counsel, and came not. In the morning, some of the Indians came and stood at a distance off, looking at us, but came not near us. But when they had been a while in view, some of them came and held out a great bass towards us; so we sent a man with a biscuit, and changed the cake for the bass. We had not been there many days, (although by our diligence we had got up a kind of shelter to save our goods in,) but we had order to come away from that place which was about Watertown, unto a place called Mattapan now Dorchester, because there was a neck of land fit to keep our cattle on.
From Roger Clap’s Narrative
Erected 1947 by Historical Society of Watertown.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 42° 21.61′ N, 71° 10.449′ W. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Watertown (approx. 0.7 miles away); Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Early Meeting House (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Watertown (approx. 1.9 miles away); Sir Richard's Landing (approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing); a different marker also named Sir Richard's Landing Civil War Soldiers Monument (approx. 2.6 miles away); Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Watertown.
More about this marker. The marker is about 10 or 12 feet from the sidewalk toward the Charles River in a grove of trees.
Additional keywords. trade, first contact
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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