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Like other native tribes, the Wampanoags did not share the settlers' concepts of private property.

Whether the transfer of the land was legitimately done has been the subject of intense controversy.

Brown wrote in his winter 1776-77 handbill, "Money is this man's God, and to get enough of it he would sacrifice his country." Pittsfield was primarily an agricultural area, because of the many brooks that flowed into the Housatonic River; the landscape was dotted with mills that produced lumber, grist, paper, and textiles.

With the introduction of Merino sheep from Spain in 1807, the area became the center of woolen manufacturing in the United States, an industry that would dominate the community's economy for almost a century.

John Stoddard of Northampton, who had claim to 1,000 acres (4.0 km) here.

A group of young men came and began to clear the land in 1743, but the threat of Indian raids around the time of King George's War soon forced them to leave, and the land remained unoccupied by Englishmen for several more years.

Soon, many others arrived from Westfield, Massachusetts, and a village began to grow, which was incorporated as Pontoosuck Plantation in 1753 by Solomon Deming, Simeon Crofoot, Stephen Crofoot, Charles Goodrich, Jacob Ensign, Samuel Taylor, and Elias Woodward. Deming was the first and the last of the original settlers, dying in March 1818 at the age of 92. By 1761 there were 200 residents, and the plantation became the Township of Pittsfield.