At the time, the Pequots claimed the general region between the Connecticut River Valley in Southern New England and the Pawcatuck River as their traditional home. Their ancestors entered the area some ten thousand years ago, encouraged by the great ice sheets, tracking herds of caribou, mastodon, and other game.
As the climate grew more hospitable, they organized themselves into clans and villages, becoming cultivators of the land who produced corn, beans, and squash as the staples of their diet.
By the early seventeenth century, the Pequot population consisted of approximately 8,000 men, women, and children situated in some 15 to 20 communities.
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