Who was metacom?

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Metacom was a Wampanoag chief who brought different American Indian groups together to fight against the English.

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Who led the native American attack on colonists?

It was Metacom, who was also known as King Phillip.

King Philip's real name?

King Philip of the Wampanoag Native Americans was born Metacomet, but was also known as Metacom and Pometacom. He was a Wampanoag war chief and lead his tribe in King Philip's War, an uprising against English colonists. He adopted the name Philip in 1660 along with his brother, Wamsutta, who adopted the name Alexander. Philip/Metacom wore European-style clothing in order to fit in and live in harmony with the colonists. Despite his concessions to the colonists' demands for expansion, the colonists went too for his people to take. He utilized native tribal alliances to push the colonists out of New England, until the colonists outnumbered them heavily. He was shot and killed in 1676.

King Philip's War took place in?

King Philip's War took place from 1675-1676. King Philip was actually just a name the English settlers gave to him. His name was Metacom and he was a leader of the Native American tribe, the Wampanog.

Who fought in king philip's war?

New England's native population felt the Europeans were encroaching on their land. Metacom (King Philip was what the English called him) believed they killed his older brother. With the generation of settlers and natives that worked to get along gone, there was no one to keep the peace. A nearly two-year war broke out.

What year did king Philips war happen?

King Philip's War, the excruciating racial war colonists against Indians that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the bloodiest in American history. Some even argued that the massacres and outrages on both sides were too horrific to "deserve the name of a war." It all began when Philip (called Metacom by his own people), the leader of the Wampanoag Indians, led attacks against English towns in the colony of Plymouth. The war spread quickly, pitting a loose confederation of southeastern Algonquians against a coalition of English colonists. While it raged, colonial armies pursued enemy Indians through the swamps and woods of New England, and Indians attacked English farms and towns from Narragansett Bay to the Connecticut River Valley. Both sides, in fact, had pursued the war seemingly without restraint, killing women and children, torturing captives, and mutilating the dead. The fighting ended after Philip was shot, quartered, and beheaded in August 1676. Because of this conflict they named the war King Philip's War.