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History of Plymouth Plantation

by William Bradford

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In Of Plymouth Plantation, what does William Bradford call Squanto?

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In writing the history of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford gave God the credit for pretty much everything he and the other Separatists experienced in their journey on the Mayflower in 1620 and the first difficult winter they spent in Massachusetts.  In the spring of 1621, a Pemaquid named Samoset approached the English colony and spoke to them in broken English of a Wampanoag sachem, Massasoit.  Shortly thereafter, Massasoit came to the colony with Squanto, a Patuxet who spoke English well.  After negotiating a six-point agreement, Massosoit left, but Squanto stayed behind with the colonists and helped them.  He was a translator and advised them on the best places to plant, hunt, fish, and trade, and how to navigate the local geography.  Bradford describes Squanto as " a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation." Bradford gives the credit to God for sending Squanto to the colony.

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