This account in the "Landmark Events in Native American History" series tells the story of the Wampanoag rebellion against New England settlers from 1675 to 1676. The native people, frustrated by the continuous encroachment of their land by the English colonists, agreed to one last attempt at arbitration with them. Sadly, Plymouth Colony rejected the arbitrator's recommendations. As a result, warriors arrived at a settlement built on land they believed was unfairly taken by the colonist. When an English boy shot a Wampanoag warrior, war erupted. The history between the native people and settlers is presented so that the reader can understand the frustration of Metacom, the Wampanoag leader known as King Philip. Sidebars throughout the text, including firsthand accounts, help explain the effects of the war on both sides. King Philip's War was perhaps the bloodiest war in American history, given that more than ten percent of the population, combined Native American and English, were killed. A time line and an index make the book a useful research tool. Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine
Gr 7 Up- These sequential accounts feature lively writing and direct quotes, and are enhanced by many color and black-and-white photos, drawings, and illustrations. The first chapter of each volume summarizes and presents background information to set the stage. The historical developments in succeeding chapters present the brutal events that ensued as the wars broke out. Sidebars in both texts include additional information on well-known chiefs, more in-depth explanations of certain events, Indian tribes, and treaty agreements. Time lines present major events and time spans to help readers visualize the sequence of events. Detailed chapter notes and bibliographies support the research.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NECopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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