Narragansetts Allied with Pilgrims Trick Pequots into Capture by Massachusetts Troops

The slaughter at Mystic broke the Pequot, and deprived them of their allies.

Forced to abandon their villages, the Pequot fled -- mostly in small bands-- to seek refuge with other southern Algonquian peoples. Many were hunted down by the Mohegan and Narragansett warriors. The largest group, led by Sassacus, was denied aid by the Metoac (Montauk, or Montaukett) from present-day Long Island. Sassacus led roughly 400 warriors west along the coast towards the Dutch at New Amsterdam and their Native allies. When they crossed the Connecticut River, the Pequot killed three men that they had encountered near Fort Saybrook.

The end of the Pequot War marked the beginning of Indian tribes being pushed out of their land and being forced westward by the Puritans and other colonies. Killing the Pequot's allowed the Puritans to continue expansion and in a short period of time, maintain dominance within the region. The other tribes may have allied with the English out of fear for their lives. The Mystic Massacre showed both the Pequot's and the Indians fighting on the other side that the Puritan's were capable of massive devastation. The burning of the villages and the careful destruction of the food surplus left fear in those who were able to flee.