King Philip's War

Time Period
1675  - 1676
On June 24, 1675, with tensions mounting over spreading colonization and the arming of local Indian tribes, a band of Wampanoags raided the Swansea settlement in Massachusetts. The war eventually involved several Indian tribes and all the colonies. It was named for the chief of the Wampanoags, Metacomet, who also called himself King Philip.

The fighting lasted for more than a year, and southern New England’s colonialists were especially hit hard. In August 1676, King Philip was killed by an Indian soldier fighting with the colonialists and his head displayed on a stake in Plymouth.

After King Philip’s war, the Indian population virtually withdrew from the area, which allowed white settlements to expand unimpeded.

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King Philip portrait- Hathi Trust

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Colonists and Indians fighting- Hathi Trust

The Angel of Hadley, or General Goeff rallying the men against an Indian Attack- Wikimedia Commons
Lepore, Jill, 1998. The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity. New York: Knopf.

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