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Nar·ra·gan·sett 1

also Nar·ra·gan·set  (năr′ə-găn′sĭt)
n. pl. Narragansett or Nar·ra·gan·setts also Narraganset or Nar·ra·gan·sets
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting Rhode Island west of Narragansett Bay. The Narragansett were nearly exterminated during King Philip's War in 1675-1676.
2. The Algonquian language of the Narragansett.

[From a Narragansett place name.]

Nar′ra·gan′sett adj.

Nar·ra·gan·sett 2

A Narragansett turkey.


n -sett or -setts
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in Rhode Island
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family


(ˌnær əˈgæn sɪt)

n., pl. -setts, (esp. collectively) -sett.
1. a member of an American Indian people of Rhode Island.
2. the extinct Eastern Algonquian language of the Narragansett.
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A historian's book from 2002 consigns Mohegans, Pequots, and Narragansets to the "many extinct eastern tribes," when in reality they retain the status of federally recognized nations.
First Settlers contains a series of mother-daughter dialogues in which the mother argues that Puritanical Calvinism led to Native American genocide (specifically of the Pequots, Narragansets, and Pokanokets) and that the contemporary victimization of the Cherokees is a legacy of colonialism.
When Massasoit's elder son, Wamsutta (the English dubbed him Alexander), objected to the encroachment of the settlers, he was accused of conspiring with his enemies the Narragansets to attack the colonists.