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Massasoit

(c. 1600—1661) leader of the Algonquian Indians


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(d. 1661), chief of the Wampanoag Indians, whose real name seems to have been Ousamequin or Wousamequin. As Indian ruler of all Massachusetts and Rhode Island, he made a treaty of peace with the Plymouth Colony (1621), which was not broken until the time of his son King Philip. He is mentioned in the writings of Winthrop, Williams, and Bradford.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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