King Philip’s War

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MayflowerHarborMayflower in Plymouth Harbor by William Halsall (1882) (Caption and Photo credit: Wikipedia)

King Philip is Metacomet, a Wampanoag

Massasoit = Wampanoag chief or sachem
Pokanotet = a tribe belonging to the Wampanoag confederacy
Wamsutta = Alexander (Massasoit’s 1st son)
Metacomet = Philip (Massasoit’s 2nd son)

In my last post, dated 16 September 2015, I mentioned King Philip’s War. One is tempted to think King Philip was a European monarch. He wasn’t. Philip is the name adopted by Metacomet or Metacom (c. 1638 – 1676), to which the English attached the word King. Philip was the second son of Wampanoagchief (sachem)Massasoitwhohad five children. Hisfirst son was Wamsutta, renamed Alexander.

Massasoit_statue_plymouth_2007 Statue ofPokanoket leaderMassasoit Ousamequin in Plymouth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1024px-Tribal_Territories_Southern_New_EnglandTribal Territories in Southern New England(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abenaki (Maine) (Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie)
Narragansett (Rhode Island)
Nauset (“Cape Cod fishhook”)

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