The War which Paved the Way for A Future Nation

The King Philip’s War lasted from 1675-1676 when war broke out in New England among the colonists and Native Americans.  Metacomet was the Native American chieftain, nicknamed King Philip by the colonist, who organized the Indians against the colonists. Eventually, the war was named after him. It is considered one of the deadliest wars in the 17th century and was waged from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. More than 3,000 Native Americans were killed along with 600 colonists.

This war ended the power of the Native Americans in southern New England and sparked the development of the European-American identity. This new way of thinking replaced the focus from the individuality of each colony. This emerging identity helped shape the future of America as it brought the colonist together, forcing them to put aside their religious differences.  It is important for literary critics to study this event to obtain a better understanding of how the colonists path was paved to creating a new country. Although it is noted that it took years for the colonists to rebuild from the ruins of war, this war played a pivotal role creating deeper roots between the colonist.


Work Cited

“Impact of King Philip’s War on the Colonies & Native Americans | The Classroom |    Synonym.”The Classroom. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.

“The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut – 1675 King Philip’s War.” The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut – 1675 King Philip’s War. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.

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