Tuesday, November 15, 2011

King Philip's War- We Shall Remain

After researching and presenting the history behind Anawan Rock I realized that I did not do a great job at summarizing the King Philip’s War for anyone who does not know much about New England History. To me, the conflict between the Wampanoag Confederacy and the English colonies is filled with drama, tragedy, bravery, and everything that makes studying history awesome.

I did not have space in the article to go in depth into the connections made between Massasoit (Metacom’s father) and Edward Winslow (Josiah’s father). These two were actually at least acquaintances. It might be going too far to say they were good friends. However, Edward had a much better relationship with the local tribes than Josiah did.

For anyone who is interested, PBS did a great series called We Shall Remain, which documents the interactions between the expanding American colonies and states and the Native American populations they conflicted with. The first episode is about the arrival of the Puritans in 1620, which ultimately leads to the King Philip’s War. If this is your first time looking into this type of history, this series will totally change your perception of “Pilgrim” history and Plymouth Plantation. It is a fantastic series and absolutely worth watching, even if you aren’t a history dork like me.

Below is the link to the first part of episode 1 After the Mayflower. The entire episode is available on YouTube at least for now.

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