Squanto Research Paper

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Tisquantum, also known as Squanto, was a core figure in the history of the Pilgrims and also the history of the New World. He was a Patuxet Indian born near Plymouth, MA in presumably around 1580s. Squanto’s early life history such as exact date of birth can not be confirmed due to the lack of resources, however historians have developed approximations and theories that fit into his later recorded life. Therefore, it is unclear when Squanto first encountered the Europeans; but, according to some theorists, he may have been captured with four others as early as 1605 by Captain George Weymouth who was sent by Sir Ferdinando Gorges to explore the coast of Maine and Massachusetts. Others speculate that he was only captured once with twenty-three…show more content…
One Indian tribe, the Wampanoags, grew suspicious of the relationship between Squanto and the whites and they captured Squanto and turned him into their chief leader. Squanto then persuaded them by befriending the English, it would prosper their tribes more and transform them into a more powerful tribe. Around March 1621, the Wampanoags introduced Squanto to a suffering group of colonists, the Pilgrims who were settled in Plymouth, MA. The Pilgrims were suffering from extreme hungry and cold as they were not accustomed to living on this new land. Consequently, Squanto aided the Pilgrims to survive the harsh winters by introducing them methods such as farming and agriculture. Although Squanto suffered many misfortune after his acquaintance with the Europeans, Squanto disregarded the humiliations he felt in those situations and voluntarily helped out the Pilgrims. Despite the hardships Squanto received from the Europeans, his willingness to help the Pilgrims might have been contributed by these factors: honor for the Patuxet tribe, personal greed, and intimate relationship with the

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