(c. 1607—1682) leader of the Mohegan Indians

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(fl.1600–1683), chief of the Mohegan Indians, sided with the British in the Pequot War (1637), figures as the titular character in The Last of the Mohicans, and also appears in Cooper's Wept of Wish-ton-Wish. However, he has only his name in common with Cooper's hero. The historical Uncas was tolerated by the English colonists of Massachusetts and Connecticut because he made war on Miantonomo, the Indian protector of Roger Williams, who was anathema to their religious hegemony, but was later considered an “underminer of praying to God” because he attacked Massasoit, the friend of the Massachusetts colony. He is the subject of a biography by W.L. Stone (1842).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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