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Metacom, a Native American also known as King Phillip by the English settlers, began a revolt known as King Phillip's War against the English settlers in the 1670's, attempting to drive them out of what is current day southwestern Massachusetts. His alliance of various tribes broke down, however; the English prevailed and Native American political power was forever destroyed in the region, allowing the increasing number of English colonists to expand at will. About eighty years later, the English, settling west from the coast, and the French, settling south from Canada, began to fight over the fur trade in what today is western Pennsylvania / Ohio. The French sought allies with the various Native tribes, but again the English prevailed militarily, and the French, as well as Spanish, were effectively driven from North America, leaving England the sole European power on the continent.
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