King Philip's War: Named for a Wampanoag chief known as King Philip, this war began as a Wampanoag uprising in Massachusetts. Word of the uprising spread to Maine, and tensions increased between the English and the Wabanaki tribes. Eventually, conflict was sparked in Maine when a group of English sailors deliberately drowned the child of Squando, a Wabanaki chief, in the Saco River. Angered Indians raided English settlements in 1675, and intermittent violence continued for the next three years.

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