Mayflower - Study Guide Part 4: Chapter 16, The Better Side of the Hedge Summary & Analysis

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In June, Plymouth officials finally agreed to use the Praying Indians to hunt down Philip. They would be led by Major Bradford. Church did not want to serve under Bradford so he went looking for the Awashonks, believing he could get them to join him in the fight against Philip. After some negotiating, they agreed. At the same time, Philip came south with about a thousand Pokanokets, Narragansetts, and others. He continued to attack settlements along his way.

Church had to get Plymouth officials to agree to let the Awashonks fight with the English. The Awashonks were told to gather at the base of Cape Cod to await the governor's decision. Church finally got everyone to agree and he rounded up the fighting men that he wanted with him. In the...

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