The Hidden Literature and History of King Philip’s War

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The raiding and burning of Deerfield, MA.

Kings Philip’s war was known as the “last major effort” by the Native Americans to push out the colonists of their homeland. The war started with differences in trade partners as well as the colonists expanding their territories. The war took place up and down the Connecticut River valley in Massachusetts and in the Plymouth and Rhode Island colonies. From the war, 600 English men died and almost 3000 Native Americans died including women and children on both sides. On August 12, 1676, King Philip was killed by an assassin in a swamp in Rhode Island. After the assassination, the war ended in southern New Hampshire and Maine. However, the Saco Indians continued to raid towns for another one and a half years. Throughout that time period, soldiers that surrendered would be sold into slavery without their families. However, those that escaped traveled up to Canada.

I think that this is an important time in history because the colonist had just arrived to this new land with ideas of concurring the land for themselves and England. However, the land was already occupied by the Native Americans with a thriving society and sufficient tribes. With the Colonists witnessing the potential the land could have, they decided to stay and slowly expand their rule throughout all of the Native American’s land. Obviously this caused tensions to grow throughout the nation between the the two parties resulting is small battles and raids until the larger King Philip’s War. Throughout the fighting and battles, there are bound to be good stories from all different perspectives of the war from: Soldiers, Families, Farmers, Children, etc. The stories would not only tell war stories, but how Colonists acted toward a civilization before ours, causing death and land loss.

 

Sources:

http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/king-philips-warhttp://faculty.washington.edu/qtaylor/a_us_history/1600_1799_timeline.htmhttp://www.historynet.com/blood-and-betrayal-king-philips-war.htm

 

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