What is Squanto famous for and when was he born?

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Squanto, a member of the Patuxet tribe of New England Indians, is famous for helping the early Pilgrims survive in the harsh New England environment. He is credited with showing the pilgrims how to grow corn by fertilizing it with dead fish. Ironically, people now believe he learned that technique from the British but nevertheless he did help the Puritans tremendously during their first few years in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. We do not know exactly when he was born. He had been captured to be sold as a slave in 1614 by Thomas Hunt. He was brought first to Spain and then made his way to England. He learned the English language fluently, returned to New England and helped the English win the trust of the native Indian tribes. He lived among the English settlers and helped them get seed corn and taught them planting techniques. Unfortunately for the English he died in 1622 and the settlers really missed his help.

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