For those of you about to enjoy an idealistic thanksgiving, remember to give thanks to Massasoit and the Wampanoags for teaching our European
ancestors to grow food, as it was because of them that we were able to survive.
Please take the time to review King Philip's War, as it was a turning point in our alliance with the Wampanoags and a great tragedy brought about by
the colonists' firm belief in Christianity:
King Philip's War, sometimes called Metacom's War or Metacom's Rebellion, was an armed conflict between Native American inhabitants of
present-day southern New England and English colonists and their Native American allies in 1675–1676. The war is named after the main leader of the
Native American side, Metacomet, Metacom, or Pometacom, known to the English as "King Philip". It continued in northern New England (primarily on
the Maine frontier) after King Philip was killed, until a treaty was signed at Casco Bay in April 1678.
According to a combined estimate of loss of life in Schultz and Tougias' King Philip's War, The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict
(based on sources from the Department of Defense, the Bureau of Census, and the work of Colonial historian Francis Jennings), 800 out of 52,000
English colonists (1.5%) and 3,000 out of 20,000 Native Americans (15%) lost their lives due to the war. Proportionately, it was one of the bloodiest
and costliest wars in the history of North America. More than half of New England's ninety towns were assaulted by Native American warriors.
King Philip's War was the beginning of the development of a greater American identity, for the trials and tribulations suffered by the colonists gave
them a national and group identity separate and distinct from subjects of the English Crown.
Thanks for the reminder! King Phiilip's war did set the tone for the future expansion westward of white settlers in the CONUS. Compare their
treatment with how the french trappers dealt with the Native peoples in Canada.
We have continued that sad tradition of conquest to this day and still hold on to our sense of moral superiority in spite of the reality of death and
destruction we leave behind in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.
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