King Philip

By: Inna, Vik, Sarina, Mackenzie


  • Given name - Metacomet
  • Born 1638, Massachusetts
  • Part of the Wampanoag Indians as a war chief
  • Second son of Massasoit
  • Older brother Wamsutta and father died 1662, which gave him the throne.
  • Known to be a strategic leader. Wanted to maintain peace with European colonists.
  • Once hostile broke out in 1671, after the English forced his tribe to give up their goods and abide English laws, he lead the Indians to stop Puritan expansion.
  • Formed alliances with other tribes in order to push colonists out of New England.
  • June 1675, King Philip's War, brutal battle for land of New England.
  • Both forces lost many lives however Indians were to seek refuge including Metacomet.
  • Shot by John Alderman, a praying Indian, in Rhode Island.


Definition of CITIZENSHIP


1.the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen.

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


After the death of his brother Alexander there were 3 acts of citizenship in which King Philips membership and role as the Wampanoag tribe's new sachem(war chief) proved his devoted quality off protecting his citizens and leaving on the legacy of his father and brother.

1) Determined to protect his tribe and increase its value

  • active role in the economics of the tribe including trading Indian Lands for English guns,ammunition,liquor, and blankets.
  • succeeded the position as sachem as the leader of the society and increased exchanges.

2) Prevented much confrontation with the English and promotd safety within his tribe

  • King Philip had good relations with the Plymouth colony
  • MOTIVE : convince the settlers to go back to England.
  • Portrayed his citizenship by outlining his duty as a leader of the tribe.
  • A strategic leader by impressing and scaring the English.
  • English believed he was suspicious with his actions and was not completely a trustworthy citizen.

3) Regardless the circumstances he obeyed English duties to keep the tribe safe.

  • Due to suspicion of King Philips authority,English fined him made his tribe surrender their arms
  • As a citizen, he behaved and obeyed properly in response to the difficult obligation.
  • English continued to take land
  • Still had the mindset to protect his people by saving the humiliation and halt English expansion.


Definition of INTEGRITY


1. adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

2. the state of being whole, entire, or undiminished: to preserve the integrity of the empire.

From the Native American's perspective King Philip showed great integrity.


• Alexander (Wamsutta), Philips brother was murdered. The Native Americans held the English was responsible for his death.

• Philip did not retaliate against the English after his brother’s death and maintained peace with the colonists for a number of years.

• King Philip was questioned in 1671 due to suspicions from the English colonists.

• He was fined and the English demanded that the Wampanoag surrender their arms (which they did without putting up a fight).

From English standards King Philip lacked integrity.


• During King Philip's war Philip was plotting against them.

• He also began recruiting for resistance against them.

• He burned multiple settlements (52 attacked; 13 totally destroyed) and killed men, women, and kids.

• From these facts and conclusions made by the English, they had every right to think Philip lacked integrity. The conclusions made and acts preformed by King Philip proved to be unethical.

King Philip's War