King Philip


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King PhilipPhilip, KING, sachem of the Wampanoag Indians; Indian name Pometacom, or Metacomet; was the youngest son of MASSASOIT; became sachem in 1662.

In 1671 the English were alarmed by warlike preparations made by Philip. A conference was held with him at Plymouth, when he averred that his warlike preparations were against the Narragansets. This, however, it is said, he confessed was false. Subsequently he was compelled to pay the expenses of the colony caused by his conduct. This, and especially the disarming of the Wampanoags, caused great indignation in the tribe. Philip made open war (SEE KING PHILIPP'S WAR)  in July, 1675, and perished at its close, Aug. 12, 1676.



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