King Philip’s War (1675 to 1676)

was an armed conflict that took place between 1636 and 1638 in New England between the Pequot tribe and the English colonists of the Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, and Saybrook colonies and their Native American allies.

King Philip’s War (1675 to 1676)


Facts about the Pequot War

  • Armies - The Pequot tribe was lead by Sachem Sassacus. English Colonists from the Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Saybrook and Connecticut Colinies was lead John Underhill and John Mason and included native american allies of the Narragansett and Mohegan tribes led by Sachem Uncas, Sagamore Wequash and Sachem Miantonomoh.
  • Casualties - About 700 Pequots had been killed or taken into captivity.
  • Outcome - The result of the Pequot War was the decisive defeat of the Pequot tribe.
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In September, 1638, the Mohegans and Narragansetts met at the General Court of Connecticut and agreed on the disposition of the Pequot survivors. It is known as the first Treaty of Hartford and was signed on September 21, 1638.

The war concluded with the decisive defeat of the Pequot. At the end, about seven hundred Pequots had been killed or taken into captivity. Hundreds of prisoners were sold into slavery to the West Indies. Other survivors were dispersed as captives to the victorious tribes.

The result was the elimination of the Pequot people as a tribe in what is now Southern New England. The colonial authorities classified the tribe as extinct; however, survivors remained in the area.

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