Sunday, July 29, 2007

King Philip's War

As a percentage of the male population during the periods, more men died in King Philip's War in 1675-76 than in the Civil War or WWII. The English settlers in southern New England referred to the Native American sachem as King Philip. His name was Metacom. All out war between the Indians and the Pilgrims occurred after fifty years of somewhat peaceful coexistence. Ten percent of the Pilgrim and Puritan men were killed and between sixty and eighty percent of the Native American population in that area died or were shipped out of the country into slavery.

The book is Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick which was published by Viking in 2006, 461 pages.

A new acquaintance brought to my attention this book as we compared reading material while attending a seminar at Wake Forest University a few weeks ago. Afterwards, I read this book and learned much about the settlers in the Plymouth, Nantucket, and Cape Cod areas of New England.

See book image below and have a good week!

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