Metacomet (King Philip)


Contributions to Colonial Development

The main contribution of Metacomet was King Philip's War. This had many contributing factors, of which the most significant was the westward expansion of British colonies. Metacomet led the Natives in the war against the British Colonies.

The Significance and Effects of King Philip's War

  1. The idea that Natives and Whites cannot live peacefully together was emphasized

  2. The languages, culture, religion, beliefs and ceremonies of the conquered people fell into decline, to the point of extinction, after so many of the people were killed or sold into slavery

  3. The fur trade in the area virtually disappeared

  4. The colonists suffered a costly victory, both in economic and personal terms, but it opened up the land to further expansion.

  5. The continued expansion of the colonists was hindered after the war.

King Philip's War

Key Terms

Citizenship and Integrity

Integrity- the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

He showed integrity by standing up to the British even though the odds were against him.

After attempting peaceful relations, he remained true to his heritage and morals, and did not give in to the expanding British colonies.

Citizenship- the character of an individual viewed as a member of society; behavior in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen.

Metacomet was the leader of his tribe, and maintained his citicenship by leading his people into battle. He fought with his tribe in a futile attmet to maintain their way of life.

However, from a British point of view, he did not show good citizenship. He gave up on peaceful relations and fought back agains the colonies which he had supported earlier.


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