Our Beloved Kin: Remapping A New History of King Philip's War

The Queen's Right

This path follows Weetamoo, the saunkskwa ("rock woman" or female leader) of Pocasset, in Wampanoag territory. She was a leader in diplomacy and negotiation, both with neighboring Wampanoag and Narragansett leaders, and with English newcomers who established the colonies of Plymouth and Rhode Island in Wampanoag and Narragansett territory. She also cultivated alliances during war that enabled the survival of her kin. 

This map shows a wide expanse of Wampanoag territory, with Weetamoo's homeland of Pocasset at the center. It highlights the planting, fishing, hunting and gathering places that she and other leaders strove to protect, before and after the conflict that came to be known as "King Philip's War." On the eve of war, John Easton, the deputy governor of Rhode Island, described the great extent of land at Pocasset as "The Queen's Right," which many local settlers could "confirm" belonged to Weetamoo, and her kin.

Follow the links below to learn about the places in this map and the documents that highlight Weetamoo's important leadership role.

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