“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Webster in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)


1630 - 1930

Chaubunagungamaug Marker image. Click for full size.
By Russell C. Bixby, May 31, 2011
1. Chaubunagungamaug Marker
Inscription. Site of Praying Indian town established by John Eliot and Daniel Gookin in 1674 and known as Chaubunagungamaug.
Erected 1930 by Massachusetts Bay Colony-Tercentenary Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Massachusetts Bay Colony—Tercentenary Commission Markers marker series.
Location. 42° 2.757′ N, 71° 51.777′ W. Marker is in Webster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is at the intersection of Thompson Road and Lake Street, on the right when traveling south on Thompson Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Webster MA 01570, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Maanexit Ford (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Johnson Massacre (approx. 3.7 miles away); Huguenot Settlement (approx. 4.4 miles away); Clara Barton’s Birthplace (approx. 7.6 miles away); Dr. Robert H. Goddard Park (approx. 11.1 miles away); Indian Village Pakachoag (approx. 13.3 miles away); Thomas Hooker Trail (approx. 13.8 miles away); Worcester (approx. 13.8 miles away).
Also see . . .  Historical Markers Erected by Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission (1930
John Eliot image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
2. John Eliot
This portrait by of John Eliot an unknown artist hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“No Puritan leader in seventeenth-century New England was more interested in the welfare of the region's Native American population than John Eliot. A graduate of Cambridge University, Eliot immigrated to Boston in 1631. While serving as the pastor of a church in Roxbury, Eliot began to search for ways to perform missionary work among the region's tribal communities. He studied the local Algonquian language, and by 1646 he was preaching to the native inhabitants in their own language.

In order to protect his potential Christian converts, he established the first of fourteen towns for so called ‘praying Indians’ in 1651. Perhaps his most extraordinary accomplishment, though, was the translation of the Bible into an Algonquian dialect a task that required Eliot to invent new words and new grammatical structures. Its publication in 1661 marked the first printing of a Bible in America.” — National Portrait Gallery
. Tercentenary Commission Markers. Original 1930 publication by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of Tercentenary Commission Markers, commemorating the three hundredth anniversary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. (Submitted on June 1, 2011, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, French and Indian
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