King Philip's War was named for the Native American chief or sachem, of the Wampanoag tribe of Indians. He was the second son of the Wampanoag chief Massasoit, who had been a staunch ally of the Pilgrim settlers. Originally named Metacomet, he was renamed Philip by the English. In 1662 Philip succeeded his brother and renewed the treaties of his father, which were honored for several years. The colonists continued to expand and move onto native lands. Philip formed an alliance of tribes and in 1675 led an uprising known as King Philip's War. It was a violent and bloody episode in colonial life. Towns were burned and many settlers and Indians were killed. There was dissension among the different tribes of Indians and by August 1676 Philip had only a few loyal followers left. King Philip was killed on August 12, 1676, by one of his own men who had turned against him. Philip's death brought the termination of the war. See the story The Execution of Two Goble Men.

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