WOMPATUCK (died 1669), known to English settlers as JOSIAH SAGAMORE,
was a leader of the Mattakeesett tribe of the
He was the son of Massachusett sachem
Chickatawbut . His name meant
"snow goose" in the
Wampanoag language .
Wompatuck was an early friend of European settlers. He sold the
British the land upon which the city of Boston ,
Massachusetts , was
established in 1629. After an harsh attack on his tribe by the
Hodenesaunee Iroquois in 1665, he organized a great expedition for
retaliation, involving several Massachusett tribes with 600 or 700
warriors, against Mohawk's capital, Gandaouaguè. Coming back to New
England, his column was ambushed and he was slain in 1669 when he led
a force of his warriors in an attack upon the Mohawks .
United States Navy
United States Navy harbor tug
USS Wampatuck (YT-337) , later
YTB-337, in commission from 1942 to 1946, was named for him. Wompatuck
State Park located in Hingham,
Massachusetts is also named after him.
Also, he is honored by the town of Braintree in calling their sports
teams the Wamps.
* This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary
of American Naval Fighting Ships .
* Department of the Navy Naval Historical Center Dictionary of
American Naval Fighting Ships Wampatuck (ship namesake paragraph)
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