The Bloodletting Legend of Hannah Duston

One tough mother trucker…

Photo by lucindalunacy on flickr

Photo by lucindalunacy on flickr

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned- William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697

This famous quote was written in the very year that Hannah Duston was forced to watch the brutal slaughtering of her newborn daughter (just one week old) and several of her neighbors while being held captive by Native American Indians during the Raid on Haverhill (1697). 

A relief on the Statue of Hannah Duston recreates the scene of the scalping

A relief on the Statue of Hannah Duston recreates the scene of the scalping

While in captivity in what is now Boscawen, New Hampshire on Duston Island, she mounted up with an English boy and her nurse to scalp 10 of the murderous bloodletting savages that were holding them hostage. Now known as the “mother of the American tradition of scalp hunting”.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire

The Hannah Duston legacy is found:

Duston House inHaverhill, Massachusetts

Hannah Duston Statue in Boscawen, New Hampshire

Hannah Duston Statue in Haverhill, Massachusetts

Please take a moment to also enjoy this great article from New England Folklore on the Hannah Duston Legacy You can also enjoy a wealth of information on the Hannah Duston website


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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