King Philip's War
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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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Battle of Bloody Brook- from Pioneers in the settlement of America by William A. Crafts

King Philip portrait- from History of Philip's War by Samuel G Drake

Attack on Brookfield- Wikimedia Commons

Colonists and Indians fighting- from The last struggle a story of King Philip's War by Edward S. Ellis

The Angel of Hadley, or General Goeff rallying the men against an Indian Attack- Wikimedia Commons
Book/Journal Source(s)
Lepore, Jill, 1998. The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity. New York: Knopf.
Web Source(s)
The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut, "1675-King Philip's War"
History Channel, "1675 -- King Philip's War Begins"
Web Page Contributor
Sandi Dolbee
Affliated with: Former Religion and Ethics Editor, The San Diego Union-Tribune

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