Bristol in Bristol County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
In the Miery Swamp
King Philip Fell
Erected 1877 by Rhode Island Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 40.327′ N, 71° 14.67′ W. Marker is in Bristol, Rhode Island, in Bristol County. Marker can be reached from Tower Street (at milepost 0.7), 0.2 miles south of Tower Street. Head east on Tower Street from the intersection of Tower Street and Metacom Avenue (RI 136). After about 0.73 miles, Tower Street turns northeast. Ignore this turn and continue straight (east) approx 150 feet to where road (now unnamed) turns south. Go south about 700 feet to the end of this road, which is at the beginning of a private driveway. This point is the beginning of a trail; walk south on the trail for about 100 feet; the marker stone is approx. 50 feet Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristol RI 02809, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W 3 R (approx. 2.8 miles away); Portsmouth Compact (approx. 3.1 miles away); Fort Barton (approx. 3.7 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Barton (approx. 3.8 miles away); Holt’s Trail (approx. 3.8 miles away); Butts Hill Fort (approx. 4 miles away); Burr's Hill (approx. 4.1 miles away); Battle of Rhode Island 1778 (approx. 4.3 miles away).
More about this marker. King Philip (Metacom) was the second son of Massasoit, the Wampanoag/Pokanoket tribal leader who according to English sources, prevented the failure of Plymouth Colony and the almost certain starvation that the Pilgrims faced during the earliest years of the colony's establishment.
Agreements between Massasoit and the leaders of Plymouth Colony set the Anglo-American foundation for relations with Indian tribes codified in Section 8 of the United States Constitution.
King Philip's War firmly established the mustering of militia in response to threats, and military relations and policy between the Colonies/United States and the many indigenous peoples and nations of the United States. The early Indian wars were serious life and death struggles for all sides of the conflict. Source accounts and the literature of these grim struggles describe brutal acts by all players.
Contemporary members of the Wampanoag/Pokanoket people live in Massachusetts and Rhode Island today.
Also see . . .
1. King Philip's War. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on October 31, 2010.)
2. “King Phillip” Metacomet. "Find A Grave" entry (Submitted on January 26, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. Mount Hope (Rhode Island). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on October 31, 2010.)
4. King Philip's War & the Colonial Contact Period in and around Barrington & Warren, RI, & Swansea, M. A web page assembled noting the 325th year since King Phillip's War, lots of local pictures and historical information. (Submitted on November 4, 2010.)
5. Wampanoag people. Wikipedia entry:
Wôpanâak in the Wampanoag language; alternate spellings Wompanoag or Wampanig) are a Native American nation which currently consists of five tribes. In 1600 the Wampanoag lived in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as within a territory that encompassed current day Martha's Vineyard and, Nantucket. Their population numbered about 12,000. (Submitted on November 6, 2010.)
6. History and Culture of the Mashpee Wampanoag. Tribe website entry:
The Mashpee Wampanoag are one of the five Bands/Tribes of Wampanoag people existing today. They are one of two Wampanoag tribes presently meeting the requirements of the United States Congress to be a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe. (Submitted on November 6, 2010.)
7. Chappaquiddick Wampanoag. Tribe website:
The Chappaquiddick Wampanoag Tribe is one of the four tribute tribes of the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The other Wampanoag Tribes with ancestral homes on the island are the Deep Bottom, the Christiantown and the Aquinnah. Today, Chappaquiddick Wampanoag people live mostly in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in the ancestral homelands of the Wampanoag Nation. (Submitted on November 6, 2010.)
8. Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe - Our History. Tribe website entry:
We are members of the Wampanoag Nation, along with a few other tribes in the area. Our homelands range from the Plymouth (Plymouth Colony) areas to the upper parts of Cape Cod (Bourne, Sandwich and Plymouth). We have been here for thousands of years. We have fished these waters, cultivated these lands and raised our children here. We have been known over the years by many names...Pondville, Manomet, Bournedale, Praying Indians, and Comassakumkanit on old English maps. But we are presently known today as the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe. (Submitted on November 6, 2010.)
9. Massasoit. Wikipedia entry:
Father of King Philip, Massasoit Sachem or Ousamequin (c.1581 - 1661) was the sachem, or leader, of the Pokanoket, and "Massasoit" of the Wampanoag Confederacy. The term Massasoit means Great Sachem. (Submitted on November 6, 2010.)
Additional keywords. Metacom;Metacomet;Pometacom;King Philips War;Metacom's Rebellion;Metacom's War;swampyank;Thanksgiving;pilgrim;plimouth colony;plymouth colony
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