Thursday, February 01, 2007

Wamsutta's brother Metacom (also called Philip)

This was news to me: "So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br'er Groundhog."

from:, the official site of Punxsutawney Phil.
It doesn't say why a groundhog was named after him.

"King Philip’s War was one of the bloodiest and most costly in the history of America. One in ten soldiers on both sides was injured or killed. It took many years for Plymouth and the other colonies to recover from damage to property.
The outcome of King Philip’s War was devastating to the traditional way of life for Native People in New England. Hundreds of Natives who fought with Philip were sold into slavery abroad. Others, especially women and children, were forced to become servants locally. As the traditional base of existence changed due to the Colonists’ victory, the Wampanoag and other local Native communities had to adapt certain aspects of their culture in order to survive."

"The war is named after the main leader of the Indian side, Metacomet, Metacom, or Pometacom, known to the English as "King Philip"."

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