Canonicus

Canonicus

[kuh-non-i-kuhs]
Canonicus, c.1565-1647, Native North American chief, who ruled the Narragansett when the Pilgrims landed in New England. He granted (1636) Rhode Island to Roger Williams and because of William's influence remained friendly to the settlers, despite their aggressive ways.

Canonicus (c. 1565 – 4 June 1647) was a Native American chief of the Narragansett. He was a firm friend of English settlers.

It was he who gave to Roger Williams the first land in Rhode Island, 1638.

He was succeeded by his nephew Miantonomoh. Canonicus returned to power after his nephew was killed in 1643.

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