The death of Massasoit resulted in many calamities. Firstly the relationship between the English and the Indians was strained. Secondly Massasoit's son "Wamsutta" and "Philip" did not have faith towards English, who were living near Mount Hope in Rhode Island. Thirdly it led to many wars between tribes and the White.
The Governor of Plymouth heard that Wamsutta was stiring up Indians to wage war on the whites. He sent for the Indian chief to give an account of himself. Wamsutta went but on his way back he suddenly fell ill. No sooner, did he reach home he died. Wamsutta's young wife was very important for the tribes. She told them that she was sure that the white people had poisoned her husband in order to get rid of him. Though it was not true the Indians believed it.
Philip became the king and called himself the "King Philip". His palace was a wigwam made of bark. During occassions he wore bright red blanket and a kind of crown made of a broad belt, ornamented with shells. Philip hated the English for the various reasons. They were:
THE BELT WHICH KING PHILIP WORE FOR A CROWN.
Therefore, he thought to fight against the English was the best way to get rid of them. He was as proud as the King of England. The war cloud surrounded the place. But though many Indians hated the white settlers, this was not true of all. John Elliot a minister persuaded some of the red men, near Boston to give up their religion and tried to live like the white people. They were called "Praying Indians". One of them who knew King Philips very well, informed the English that Philip's warriors were grinding their hatchets sharp for the war. Soon after this that praying Indian was found murdered. The English accused three men of Philip for the death of the Indian. The three men were tried found guilty and hanged.
Directions: Answer the following multiple choice questions. Also, answer the following questions on a sheet of paper:
1. The death of Massasoit resulted in disaster - Discuss
2. Why did King Philip hate the English?
3. Write short notes on "Praying Indians