Wampanoag Indian Cheif. Known as "King Phillip", he was one of the most influential Native Americans in the early days of the colonies. His most famous action was starting what is known as "King Phillip's War" in 1675. His father, Massasoit, was the chief that welcomed the Mayflower landing party in 1620. After the death of Massasoit, Phillip's older brother, Wamsutta (also known as "Alexander") was Sachem for a short time before his "questionable death" after being forcefully questioned by Josiah Winslow in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Phillip became sachem upon his brother's demise and held bitter realtions with the colonists. The war raged for over a year until Captain Benjamin Church and a small party of soldiers and indians who sympathized witht he colonists infiltrated Pillips camp at "Montaup" known now as "Mount Hope" In Bristol, Rhode Island. The war was ended when Phillip was assasinated in his own camp. He was then drawn and quartered. One of his hands was sent to Boston, the other was sent to England and his head was dispayed on a pike in Plymouth as both a trophy and a warning. Phillip was born in the Sowams area of the Wampanoag territory circa 1638. Hs death occurred in the "Miry Swamp" at Mt. Hope circa August 12, 1676. The marker was placed at the site of his death by the Rhode Island Historical Society in 1877. It sits on private land owned by Brown University's Haffenraffer Museum of Anthropology.
Bio by: R. Digati