Tisquantum


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Tisquantum:

see SquantoSquanto
or Tisquantum,
d. 1622, Native American of the Patuxet (or Pawtuxet) band, part of the Wampanoag confederation. He is sometimes thought to be the Native American taken to England from the Maine coast by George Weymouth (1605) and returned by John Smith in 1615,
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Much about Tisquantum's life is uncertain and conjectural.
to Sir Ferdinando Gorges expressing the good use Tisquantum could
their own language, he returned with Tisquantum, who spoke it fluently.
Tisquantum learns English, or William Apess converts to Christianity, an
Squanto, as they called Tisquantum, showed them how to plant corn and fertilize the kernels with a fish, and otherwise increase their food production.
As the "starving time" of the European's first winter turned to spring, Tisquantum began to teach the settlers how to survive, and he set up a meeting between Massasoit and the first governor of Plimoth, John Carver.
The summer passed and Tisquantum helped the newcomers learn to plant and care for native crops, to hunt and fish, and to do all the things necessary to partake of the natural abundance of the earth in this particular place.
He, along with a captive from Patuxet named Tisquantum (or, more commonly, Squanto), served the critical role as translators and diplomatic liaisons between the Pilgrims and various native groups.