“Devilish Enemies of Religion” in King Philip's War

Adrian Chastain Weimer

in Martyrs' Mirror

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199743117
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918744 | DOI:
“Devilish Enemies of Religion” in King Philip's War

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Chapter 6 asks how, in the context of King Philip's (or Metacom's) War, martyrdom rhetoric contributed to the reformulation of colonial and Native American identities. Colonists saw Algonquian offenses as yet another of the Antichrist's attacks on the saints. New Englanders became less and less interested in distinguishing between friendly and enemy Indians, eventually exiling the remaining Praying Indian communities to Deer Island, where they almost starved. Remarkably, the Massachusetts magistrate for Indian affairs, Daniel Gookin, attempted to defend Praying Indians from harassment and violence by incorporating their stories of suffering into the broader history of Christian martyrdom.

Keywords: Algonquian; Native American; Massachusetts; King Philip's War; Metacom's War; Daniel Gookin; Praying Indians; Deer Island

Chapter.  11739 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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