For those of you, who, like me, may have forgotten Squanto's story, here is a brief rundown:
- Squanto was born and raised in Massachusetts
- He was captured by explorers and taken to England where he worked for 9 years and learned English. Eventually he made it back to his own people in America
- He was captured a second time by other explorers and taken to the slave market in Malaga, Spain
- He was rescued from the slave market by friars who showed kindness to Squanto and eventually helped him get to England and look for a way home
- When Squanto finally returned home he found every last member of his tribe had been wiped out by disease; he was forced to find refuge in a neighboring tribe
- He then discovered the Pilgrims, living on the very land where he had grown up. He decided to befriend them and taught them all they needed to know in order to survive.
The Pilgrims must have been astounded to find an Indian who spoke English, understood their ways, and was willing to be their friend. I suppose our nation owes much to this man whose suffering brought life to so many.
The kids and I are enjoying reading about Columbus, Jamestown, and the Pilgrims. We're following a history textbook, but making use of all the books we can order from the library. And, it just so happens that Thanksgiving is around the corner. The children will be well-educated just in time to participate in a day where history meets the present. We, too, have much to be thankful for this year.
Photo courtesy of Karen Reyburn