The story of
Philip’s War really begins with the arrival of the pilgrims at
In another gesture of friendship, upon assuming the leadership role held by his father, Wamsutta saw to it that he and Metacom received English names, Alexander and Philip respectively. While taking a new name was a common practice for Wampanoag people when they moved into a new phase of their lives, this was still a practice that “forced the natives to compromise their personal identity for the convenience and ideology of the white invaders.” The specific names Philip and Alexander may have been references to the ancient Macedonian leaders of the same names. Despite this show of good faith towards the new generation of Wampanoag leaders, the English were wary of Massasoit’s two sons, and did not place the same faith in them as they had to their first friend among native leaders.
of natural causes in 1661 was followed the next year by the death of
Alexander. He was
captured by an English
party led by Josiah Winslow and taken in for questioning by
 Milton A. Travers. The Wampanoag Indian Federation of the Algonquin Nation, 66.
 The author of the Relation is disputed, but it is generally accepted that the original publisher was named George Morton, and that he did not write the tract. See Hugh M Ayer, “Review: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth: Mourt's Relation by Dwight B. Heath,” Ethnohistory 10, no. 4 (Autumn 1963): 400.
 Henry Martyn Dexter, ed., Mourt's Relation or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth (Boston: J.K. Wiggin, 1865), 93.
 Ibid., 124.
 Schultz and Tougias, 22.
 James Axtell, The Invasion Within: The Contest of Cultures in Colonial North America (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985), 168.
 Jill Lepore, The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity, 1st ed (New York: Knopf, 1998), xvi.
 Ibid., 23.
 Douglas Edward Leach, Flintlock and Tomahawk; New England in King Philip's War (New York: Macmillan, 1958), 22.
 Ibid., 27.