On this date… August 12, 1676… Rhode Island

Metacomet, known as King Phillip, sachem of the Wampanoag, was killed, decapitated, quartered, his body cut into pieces and hung from trees, his head put on a spike in Plymouth (where the Pilgrims kept it there for twenty years), and his right hand given to his killer, John Alderman, a Christian “praying Indian” who fought with the English colonists. His wife and daughter were sold into slavery and shipped to Bermuda.

King PhilipMetacomet, known as King Philip 

Thus ended King Philip’s War, the bloodiest war on US soil in terms of the percentage of towns attacked and number of people killed. The war was as short as it was fierce. In less than a year, over half of the English settlements were attacked, while the Wampanoag and Narragansett were nearly wiped out. Nevertheless, both tribes remain today.

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One Response to On this date… August 12, 1676… Rhode Island

  1. Trapper Gale says:

    History is so interesting and yet so sad.

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