Monday, 2 February 2015

The Wampanoag Tribe

The Wampanoag tribe originate from South eastern Massachusetts between the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island to the western end of Cape Cod. This also included the coastal islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

In the 1600s the tribe had as many as 12000 people divided between 40 different villages, however many died due to illness so by 1620 when the Pilgrims landed, roughly only 2000 Wampanoag had survived.

The Wampanoag people made peace with the Englishmen, providing them with corn and other resources to try and help them through the winter and finally signing a treaty of land.

Today, there are two main Wampanoag tribes, the Wampanoag of Gay Head and the Mashpee Wampanoag, however there history is shown at the Plymouth Plantation alongside the Pilgrims in live re-enactments.


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