There also is the story of King Philip, the great Wampanoag Sachem, Indian Chief, ultimate warrior, who many old-timers, locals, claim his spirit, apparition, ghost, still freely roams the dark, murky waters meandering throughout the Hockomock Swamp.
According to historical record in 1664 Metacom, later given the Christianized duly baptized name "King Philip," was duly appointed sachem, prince, chief, of all the Wampanoag tribes; and over the next ten years watched in utter dismay and disgust as the English repeatedly made Indians drunk and then consistently cheated them in land transactions, watched as the English's cattle and horses repeatedly destroyed Indian corn, their main staple, which in turn prompted the drunken natives to slaughter the livestock; and, finally, under order of the then Monarch of England, Charles the Second, the native Indians were deemed to be called "Christian Indians," forced and coerced to accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior.
The military phase of the conflict began on June 24th, 1675, when eleven English settlers were killed in retaliation for the murder of an Indian the previous day ... some say the decapitated ghost of the Wampanoag King Philip still roams the Hockomock Swamp. According to ancient native legend, Metacom or King Philip was beheaded in 1676, his head standing on public display in Plymouth for 25 years, finally being buried somewhere in the Hockomock Swamp either in Taunton or Mount Hope, Massachusetts.
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