What is the relationship between the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims?

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There was a relationship between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims. When the Pilgrims first settled in the area, Squanto aided them. Squanto helped the Pilgrims learn about the land and learn about what crops could be successfully grown in the climate of Massachusetts. While it was probably months before the Pilgrims interacted with the Wampanoag, eventually they formed a peaceful relationship.

Squanto helped the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims live together peacefully. He helped translate the conversation between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims. This led to an agreement between the groups that allowed them to live in peace for many years. The Wampanoag and the Pilgrims had a big feast that lasted three days. However, according to the Native American point of view, it was not a planned event. It basically happened by accident. This feast became known as the First Thanksgiving. It was celebrated differently at that time than it is celebrated now. It was in September or October, and deer was the main meat.

The Native Americans now refer to Thanksgiving as a day of mourning because of the many negative events that followed this peaceful encounter with the Europeans. The Native Americans had no idea that their encounters with Europeans would have deadly consequences for them in the future.