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It is unclear what claim Notatuck actually had to the land, or whether he was selling the land or the rights to use it. Little villages with names like Wallop and Scitico were settled within Enfield's 60 square miles during the first decades of the 1700s.
The remains of a village were excavated near the Scantic River in Powder Hollow. The first recorded contact between Europeans and Native Americans in Connecticut occurred when Dutch explorer Adriaen Block sailed up the Connecticut River in 1614.
Block may have made it as far as the rapids at Enfield.
Dinosaurs roamed the area two hundred million years ago, leaving tracks that are occasionally found when they weather out of the sandstone cliffs along the Connecticut River.
Much more recently - "only" twenty thousand years ago - Enfield was buried under the thousands of feet of ice of the Wisconsinan Ice Sheet.
The next Spring, they were joined by their families and other settlers from Salem; by the end of that year (1680) about 25 families had settled in the area. At this time, the town extended east ten miles from the Connecticut River and south six miles from Longmeadow Brook.
Five years later, on March 16, 1688, the townspeople purchased Enfield from a Podunk Indian named Notatuck for 25 pounds Sterling.