The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity - Part One, Language, Chapter 1, Beware of Any Linguist Summary & Analysis

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King Philip's War was prompted by the disappearance and murder of John Sassamon, a Christian Indian minister from Namasket, a Christian Indian town. After visiting Plymouth and the governor, Josiah Winslow, to tell the colonists that Philip planned a war, Sassamon disappeared. His body was found in February. The colonists suspected Philip and had a meeting with him, which ended without conclusion. A witness later came forward and identified three men as the killers: Mattashunannamo, Tobias and his son Wampapaquan, three of Philip's chief counselors. The three men were put on trial and were judged guilty by a jury of English and Indians. They were executed on June 8th. Philip was so angry he swore revenge upon the English. Within three days, June 11th, the Wampanoags were readying for war outside...

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