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Born: 1590 AD
Died: 1661 AD

1590 – Born near present Bristol, Rhode Island. Wampanoag Indian chief who throughout his life maintained peaceful relations with English settlers in the area of the Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts.

1621 – Several months after the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth—Massasoit journeyed to the colony with his colleague Samoset, who had already made friendly overtures to the Pilgrims there.

1623 – Massasoit became dangerously ill, he was nursed back to health by the grateful Pilgrims.

1661 – He died near Bristol.  

1675 – When he died, goodwill gradually dissolved, culminating in the bloody King Philip’s War, led by Massasoit’s second son.