Welcome to Battlefields of King Philip’s War

Natives at Great Falls - F&I War Image Over 340 years have passed since the beginning of King Philip’s War and it still remains one of the most significant series of events in American history. The legacy of this devastating war is lives on in the memory of regions Native and non-Native peoples alike.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center has embarked on an initiative to identify and preserve battlefields and historical sites associated with King Philip’s War. The primary goal of the Battlefields of King Philip’s War project, with support from the National Park Service Battlefield Protection Program (NPS ABPP) is to work with local communities to preserve these important battlefield sites through historical research and non-invasive surveys.

The conflict that became known as King Philip’s War lasted over two years and consisted of nearly one hundreds engagements beginning in the spring of 1675 through 1678. Major battles were fought between Native groups allied with the Wampanoag Sachem Metacom and English-allied colonial forces with the present-day States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. While many indigenous peoples including the Narragansett, Wampanoag, Nipmuc, and Pocumtuck battled English colonial forces others such as the Mohegan and Pequot fought on their behalf. King Philip’s War was not only a war between Native Americans and English colonists in New England but it also served as an opportunity for Native advisories to settle old scores. English victory in the war resulted in the depopulation New England’s Native peoples, increased European settlement in the region and surviving Native communities experienced a loss of political and economic independence in the years that followed.

One comment
Leave a comment »

  1. Hi, this is a comment.
    To delete a comment, just log in and view the post's comments. There you will have the option to edit or delete them.