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[kuh-non-i-kuh s] /kəˈnɒn ɪ kəs/
c1565–1647, Narragansett leader: yielded Rhode Island to Roger Williams 1636. Unabridged
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  • This answer alarmed Canonicus, who thought that the snake's skin must be conjured, and he did not pursue the matter further.

    England in America, 1580-1652 Lyon Gardiner Tyler
  • Their chief was named Canonicus, and he was no friend to Massasoit or to the Pilgrims.

  • Williams was brave, and he had need to be when he made his visit to the wigwam of the chief, Canonicus.

  • Canonicus was quick-witted enough to take the hint, and thereafter he let the Pilgrims alone.

    The Story of American History Albert F. Blaisdell
  • Canonicus had brought over to his cause one of the minor chiefs of Massasoit, named Corbitant.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Canonicus and his nephew Miantonomoh, chiefs of the Narragansetts, ruled over all this new region.

  • Canonicus had no wish to meet a foe who was thus prompt for the encounter.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • The governor (Bradford) taking the rattle-snake's skin, and filling it with powder and shot, returned it to Canonicus.

  • His friend Canonicus owned the land, and he gladly let him have what he needed.

  • This threat from the settlers frightened Canonicus and he would not take the war-path against them.

    Historic Girlhoods Rupert S. Holland

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