Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Story of Squanto - Fascinating!

Imagine the surprise when the Pilgrims landed and were met by an English speaking Indian. The story of how this is even possible is the fascinating story of Squanto's (a.k.a. Tisquantum) life. He was apparently kidnapped by Capt. Thomas Hunt in 1615, taken to Spain, lived in England, and returned (1619) to North America with Capt. Thomas Derme.

Everyone who remained in his village near Plymouth, perished due to the plague. The story is quite involved and isn't without some controversy and some unknowns. Read the biography on the Mayflower History website. Squanto's story was made into a 1994 Disney move called "Squanto: A Warrior's Tale".

Squanto's name has been given to many streets on Cape Cod, including one in Eastham, near the National Seashore.

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