1796: The same territory is now Washington County. Narragansett territory has been geographically erased, a demonstration of the ambivalence towards New England Natives after King Philip’s War–the last major regional war between colonists and Natives and one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history. he war ended around 1676 when King Philip, the Wampanoag chief known as Metacomet, was beheaded by Captain Benjamin Church.


“The state of Rhode Island from the latest surveys B. Tannner, delt. &sculpt.” by Benjamin Tanner. New York: John Reid 1796. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library

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