The Wyoming Valley of present day Pennsylvania was the scene of the bloodiest and most heinous battle of the Revolutionary War. In 1662, the valley had been claimed as part of Connecticut and residents of that colony began settling there in 1762, originally designated as the county of Westmoreland.
The settlers planted crops, harvested them and returned to Connecticut for the winter. They returned in the spring of 1763 and that autumn were attacked and killed by Indians. Those remaining fled back to Connecticut. In 1769 another wave of settlers decided to migrate to the area once again.
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