We Shall Remain is a 7and 1/2 hour PBS documentary concerning the history of Native Americans. It spans four hundred years, covering the 1600’s through the 1900’s. It is broken into five episodes, each 90 minutes long, with different directors, writers and producers contributing to the project. The first episode is titled, “After the Mayflower”.
This first episode, “After the Mayflower”, begins in 1621 when English colonists in Plymouth colony find themselves in dire straits, sick and hungry. They were in desperate need of help. The leading sachem of the Wampanoag, Massasoit, had his own problems to worry about. He was open to attack from the rival Narragansetts in the west after disease ravaged the Wampanoag. In order to protect his people from their enemies, Massasoit helped the English colonists and entered an alliance with the foreigners in hopes that this alliance would protect his people from their enemies. For fifty years there was an uneasy peace between the English and the Native Americans. With increasing English immigration came the mistreatment of the Native Americans and the degradation of their land, along with devastating epidemics. Finally, in 1675, war erupted between the English colonists of New England and the Wampanoag and their allies, led by Metacom, son of Massasoit.