Notes Concerning the Wampanoag Tribe of Indians, with Some Account of a Rock Picture on the Shore of Mount Hope Bay, in Bristol, RI.
By William Jones Miller
Originally published in 1880 and long out of print, The Wampanoag Tribe of Indians is indispensable reading for anyone with an interest in early American history, especially as it pertains to Rhode Island and Plymouth Colony, and for those for whom King Philip's War remains the single most important event ever to occur on New England soil.
William J. Miller's meticulous research is indicated by his pinpointing of precise historic locations, and should prove of immense value to those tracing local family histories. Although the war as it was fought in and around Swansea, Rehoboth, and Mount Hope (Bristol) is presented in great detail, the book covers more than just the history of the war. As the title suggests, it is about the once powerful tribe of Wampanoags, in particular the relationship of its leaders, first Massasoit, then his son Philip, with the English invaders who gradually took over their domain. Miller also writes about several voyages to the area, including Mount Hope Bay, made by the Norseman Leif Erikson and others around the year 1000, and a possible Norse origin for the carvings on Mount Hope Rock.
Edward Lodi, who has himself written extensively about King Philip's War, provides an insightful Introduction to this new edition of an undeservedly forgotten book.