Squanto was kidnapped from Massachusetts in 1605 by Englishman George Weymouth and taken to England. While there, he was apparently treated well and taught English. John Smith, one of the founders of Jamestown Colony, is said to have returned him to America around 1615.
Squanto and several Native Americans
Squanto was kidnapped a second time. One of Smith’s men, Thomas Hunt, took Squanto and several other Native Americans to Spain where the Englishman hoped to sell them into slavery. Fortunately, Squanto managed to get away.
Squanto returned to his homeland only to find that most of his people—the Pawtuxet—had been wiped out by disease. For a time, he lived with the Wampanoag. Then, in early 1621, a Native American named Samoset brought Squanto to Plymouth Colony.
Squanto became an indispensable member of the colony. He taught the settlers how to plant local crops and served as their ambassador on trading expeditions. In the fall of 1621, the Wampanoag, the Pilgrims, & Squanto celebrated the peace and Plymouth’s successful harvest with the first Thanksgiving.
Squanto’s time in Plymouth turned out to be brief. While guiding William Bradford on an expedition around Cape Cod, the Native American contracted a fever and died. Apparently, the Pilgrims had had a powerful influence on Squanto.