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Squanto, Some Minute Details About Him

Squanto, Some Minute Details About Him

Squanto, Some Minute Details About Him: In the first winter of the Pilgrims’ life in the New World, Squanto, also known as Tisquantum. He is a Native American of the Patuxet tribe who served as an interpreter and guided in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Squanto, Some Minute Details About Him


Who Was Squanto, And What Was His Story?

During the early 1580s, Squanto was born in the Plymouth, Massachusetts area. His early life is shroud in mystery. English explorer Thomas Hunt kidnapped him in 1614 and took him to Spain, sold him into slavery.

Even though Squanto could flee, he never made it back to the New World, arriving in 1619. After that, he returned to the Patuxet area and worked as a guide and interpreter for the Plymouth Pilgrims in the 1620s.

According to various sources, he passed away in Chatham, Massachusetts, sometime in the late 1620s or early 1630s.

Life In Childhood And Its Capture

Squanto, also known as Tisquantum, was born around 1580 near Plymouth, Massachusetts, and is best known for role he as a interpreter and guide for the Pilgrim settlers in Plymouth during the 1620s.

Squanto’s life has remained a mystery to historians. Captured in 1605 by Captain George Weymouth, a Plymouth Company owner’s representative sent to explore the coasts of Maine and

Massachusetts on behalf of Plymouth Company owner Sir Ferdinando Gorges, who thought his British financial backers might be interested in seeing some Indians, Squanto was a young Patuxet Indian born in present-day Massachusetts.

Squanto lived with Ferdinando Gorges and worked as an interpreter and guide for Weymouth and the other Indians he brought to England.

Pilgrims’ Translator And Guide

Squanto, who was now fluent in English, returned to his native land in 1614 with English explorer John Smith, possibly as a guide. However, he is capture and sells into slavery in Spain by another British explorer, Thomas Hunt.

The Patuxet tribe had been decimated by smallpox when Squanto returned to North America in 1619 after living with monks for a short time. He moved in with the local Wampanoag tribe.

After meeting the Pilgrims in Plymouth in 1621. Squanto serve as an interpreter between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Chief Massasoit, who spoke Wampanoag.

The first Thanksgiving is celebrating in the fall of 1621 by the Pilgrims and Wampanoags. After reaping a successful harvest.

Later, Squanto earned the trust of the Pilgrims by helping them locate a missing boy. And assisting them with planting and fishing activities.

Squanto was powerful because of his in-depth understanding of the English language and culture. By making false claims about the English’s quarantine of the plague, he hoped to elevate his standing among other native groups.

He even go so far as for threatening the colonists that if they didn’t comply with his demands, he would have the English release the plague from their quarantine pits.


During his time as Governor William Bradford’s guide in Chatham, Massachusetts, Squanto. He became embroiled in the politics between the settlers and the local tribes. He died of a fever sometime around November 1622.

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