Connecticut Unscathed: An Examination of Connecticut Colony's Success During King Philip's War 1675-1676

Author/s: Jason William Warren, MA
Availability: Open Access
Type: Thesis
Year: 2009
Category: Asian History

Abstract: King Philip’s War (1675-1676) was one of the bloodiest in American history. One New England colony, however, emerged unscathed from the conflict. Connecticut maximized three important cultural-diplomatic and military components that set it apart from its sister colonies. Connecticut had a relatively humane policy towards the local, unaligned Native American tribes that dissuaded them from joining Philip’s hostile confederacy. The colony employed Mohegan, Pequot, and Western Niantic warriors in its military operations, giving it a decisive advantage. Finally, Connecticut effectively utilized European-new-style fortresses that had emerged from the Military Revolution of early modern Europe. Connecticut’s native population also chose to remain neutral or to actively assist the colony’s English colonists, a point often obscured by the colonists’ successors. With historians focused on the terrifying events in Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth and Providence Plantations, Connecticut’s good news story has never been told before.

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