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TISQUANTUM The Pilgrims arrived in the New World in 1620 Before they had chosen a suitable site for their settlement it was late in December On Christmas Day the first work party went on shore Houses were built and streets were laid out The winter was harsh for the Pilgrims Over 12 of them died before spring arrived The Pilgrims had seen Indians only at a distance On March 16 a Indian walked into the town His name was Samoset and he was able to speak English His skill with the language was limited and the Pilgrims had difficulty understanding him Samoset left but he returned the next day with an older Indian whose name was Squanto This Indian had been in England and spoke the language with more skill than Samoset Squantos story was remarkable He was a Patuxet Indian He had been born in a village which used to be located near the site of New Plymouth As a young man he encountered his first white men there The year was approximately 1605-1610 and the men had come on a trading ship Squanto spent some time with them learning their language and helping them in their dealings with other Indians They treated him well even giving him clothes to wear When they were ready to leave they invited him along--back to England He agreed even though his mother begged him not to go In England he lived with the family of Charles Robbins one of his friends on the ship For a while he was part of an Indian exhibit on a London stage Squanto soon became homesick and his friend did his best to find a way for him to return to America Finally Robbins contacted Captain John Smith who was planning another voyage to the New World Smith agreed to take Squanto along The year was 1614 when Smiths expedition sailed There were two ships one commanded by Smith and the
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