Birth of an Empire

In the northeast of North America, the land was divided between six tribes: the Wampanoag, the Narraganset, the Mohegan, the Nipmuck, the Mattabesic, and the Massachusett. By the 5th Century AD relations were souring, and resulted in the Wampanoag War. The five other tribes united against the Wampanoag, and during 428 defeated them and took their land, only leaving the island of Canopache. Overpopulation of the island threatened the existence of the Wampanoag, and for many years suffered from food storages. Something had to be done before the Wampanoags were wiped out.


Makwa, the Head Sachem of the Wampanoag Confederation

In 442 AD a man by the name of Makwa rose to power on Nantucket. Makwa was very intelligent, and he first introduced the idea of farming corn, beans, and squash. Previously, the six tribes only lived off of fish and game. Farming greatly increased the Wampanoag's food supply, but food shortages were still common. Still, this discovery made the people make him their sachem. Makwa then set off to unify the Wampanoag tribes on the island. He did this through war or negotions. In 448 the tribes were unified into a confederation, and Makwa was made the Head Sachem.

Makwa declared that revenge was needed, and that the other five tribes should be driven from their homes. For the first time a full time army was creating, with about seven thousand men at the ready, each armed with spears and wooden shields. Further more, another thousand were armed with bows and arrows. Makwa was the head of the army, but the men were divided into groups of a thousand and controlled by a general.

In 451 AD, Halley's Comet was visible from Earth. Makwa decided it was a good omen and that it was time for his attack. Using fishing boats, Makwa's troops landed near Mount Hope. Makwa made this his base of operations. Makwa planned to quickly eliminate each tribe before they could unite and mobilize their armies. Makwa first went west to take out the Naragansett.

War of Unification

The surprise attack that took place caught the Naragansett off guard, and before any defense could be raised Makwa took over their hunting and fishing spots. Makwa then declared that any person who would not join his confederation would be killed and their longhouses burned. Many Naraggansett left, but some stayed. Makwa recruited these people and forced them to farm the three sisters for his army. After a short rest Makwa continued further west to take out the Mohegan.

The Naragansett who fleed managed to warn the Mohegan about the attack, and soon an army was assembled. The first battle of the war took place at the Mystic River, where the Mohegan army was decimated by the well trained Wampanoag force. Makwa used the same strategy as in Naragansett, and those who fled left for either Nipmuck or the Mattabesic. This time however, the men Makwa recruited joined his army, and Makwa used them to protect the western flank of his new territories. After this, Makwa returned to Mount Hope.

Wampanoag Map 455

The Wampanoag Confederation in 445 AD after the war

By now the three remaining tribes organized their armies and attacked Mount Hope. Makwa had the advantage because he had the high ground and the three tribes were forced to retreat. After a series of battles he liberated the land the Wampanoag used to own. Following a short defensive battle near OTL Plymouth, Makwa marched north, intent on taking the Massachusett leader's home located on OTL Boston Harbor. The Massachusett rallied all able bodied men to protect the Harbor. For six days the two sides clashed, but on the seventh day Makwa broke through and took the Harbor. The Massachusetts were recruited as farmers and fighters.

Makwa kept going, and assaulted several Nipmuck fishing villages around the Concord River. Fighting was fierce but eventually the Nipmuck fled. By now only the Mattabesic were left, and before more bloodshed could occur they surrendered. By 455 AD Makwa had won his revenge, and it was time for the tribes to be taught farming and form the new Confederation.

Preceded by:
Unifying the Tribes Succeeded by:
Expanding Borders

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