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The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part Four, Memory, Chapter 7, That Blasphemous Leviathan Summary

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Part Four, Memory, Chapter 7, That Blasphemous Leviathan Summary and Analysis

Philip was killed on August 12th, 1676. His body was dragged through the mud and Captain Church had the executioner behead and quarter the body and hang the quarters from four trees, save a hand which he gave to Alderman, the Indian who shot him. Philip's head made an appearance at the Thanksgiving festival of that year in Plymouth. This gruesomeness represents the colonists' fears about becoming Indian due to their savage behavior during the war.

Hostilities died in southeastern New England but the victory was not an unambiguous success. Most Indians were killed by disease and starvation, not English soldiers. And the Mohawks had driven many Algonquians from their territories. Philip's forces also had to fight the allied Indian tribes, the Pequot, Mohegan and Christian Indians, so he had to fight three armies...

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