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Wampanoag (Pokanoket) sachem
Metacom (or Metacomet) personified native resistance to colonial power in southern New England in the seventeenth century. Puritan chroniclers celebrated his death, an event that marked the colonists' victory in the war named for him—King Philip's War—and that cemented English dominance in the region. Those who look less favorably on the Puritans' actions, on the other hand, celebrate Metacom's heroism and condemn those who pushed him to war.