Wampanoag Confederacy

Definition

The Wampanoag Confederacy was a coalition of over 30 Algonquian-speaking Native American tribes who lived in the region of modern-day New England, specifically from Rhode Island down through Massachusetts and parts of Connecticut. They are best known in American history as the natives who helped the pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive in the New World.

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  • c. 7000 BCE
    Native American ancestors of the Wampanoag tribes begin to establish permanent settlements in the region of modern-day New England.
  • c. 1000 CE
    Corn is introduced to the Wampanoag tribes from the south; agricultural initiatives lead to more permanent settlements.
  • c. 1581 CE - 1661 CE
    Life of Massasoit, Chief of the Wampanoag Confederacy, whose efforts saved the Plymouth Colony.
  • 22 Mar 1621 CE
    Massasoit and governor John Carver sign the peace treaty which will bind Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag Confederacy together until after Massasoit's death.
  • 1675 CE - 1678 CE
    King Philip's War in which thousands are killed as the Native Americans try to defend their land and way of life from increasing European colonization of the Americas.
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