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Tisquantum, also known as Squanto, was a tall and handsome Indian who lived in the Northeast part of America in the early 1600’s. One day, a ship landed upon shore and Squanto and his friends were taken captive. The ship sailed to Spain where Squanto and his friends were sold as slaves.
Eventually, Squanto escaped and made his way to England. There he met and became friends with a man named John Slanie who helped Squanto return to his homeland – what we know today as the United States of America.
When the Pilgrims arrived, tough times awaited them as their food supplies diminished and people became ill. Just when the colonists were about to give up hope, Squanto showed up in camp and spoke to them in English – an answer to prayer.
In need of help, Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to plant and set up fish traps, allowing them to take full advantage of the abundance of natural resources that surrounded them. He also helped them gather fruits and herbs and taught them how to hunt in the wilderness.
Squanto also helped establish relationships between the Pilgrims and Indians. Over time, the Pilgrims and Indians even learned how to trade with each other.
The life and legacy of Squanto is still well-known today because of the role he played in America’s history, for it was he, by God’s providence, which helped deliver and save the Pilgrims from total destruction.
From First Thanksgiving Garden web site.