King Philip's War: civil war in New England, 1675-1676 by James D. Drake

By James D. Drake

Occasionally defined as "America's deadliest war," King Philip's warfare proved a serious turning element within the historical past of latest England, leaving English colonists decisively answerable for the sector on the rate of local peoples. even if generally understood as an inevitable conflict of cultures or as a vintage instance of clash at the frontier among Indians and whites, within the view of James D. Drake it used to be neither. in its place, he argues, King Philip's battle was once a civil warfare, whose divisions minimize throughout ethnic strains and tore aside a society composed of English colonizers and local american citizens alike. in accordance with Drake, the interdependence that constructed among English and Indian within the years best as much as the warfare is helping clarify its infamous brutality. Believing they have been facing an inner uprising and as a result with an act of treason, the colonists and their local allies frequently meted out harsh punishments. the result was once not anything below the decimation of recent England's indigenous peoples and the resultant social, political, and cultural reorganization of the quarter. briefly, via waging warfare between themselves, the English and Indians of recent England destroyed the area they'd developed jointly. as a substitute a brand new society emerged, one during which local peoples have been marginalized and the tradition of the hot England means receded into the earlier.

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A belief in Euramerican progress gave him a Whiggish view of the past and reinforced his sense of social identity with the winning side in American history. King Philip's War generated narratives that fostered the development of racial and eventually national identitiesidentities that have allowed historians to label the conflict the "deadliest in our history" without elaboration or qualms. Granted, a line of ancestry can be drawn from seventeenth-century New England colonists to the American Revolution.

Drake.  cm.  ) and index.  paper).  Series. 2'4dc21 99-35539 CIP British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. Page v Contents Introduction 1 1 Chiefs and Followers 16 2 Peace 35 3 Symbol of a Failed Strategy 57 4 Fault Lines 75 5 "Barbarous Inhumane Outrages" 109 6 Victory and Defeat 140 7 Legacies 168 Conclusion 197 Notes 203 Acknowledgments 249 Index 251 Page vii Note on the Text To avoid confusion, dates in this study have been rendered in the modern Gregorian calendar. The days from January 1 to March 25 have been cited as part of the new year.

The answer, of course, is ''no one," if you truly believe it was inevitable. The event was beyond human control and its participants were not responsible for its outcome. " 1 In writing this book I have assumed that the conflict's path and outcome depended more upon human choices and motives than upon vast impersonal forces. Yet many historians have made English (using the term loosely, given that huge numbers of Indians allied with the colonists) victory seem inevitable by pointing to factors such as numbers, technology, access to supplies, and culture.

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