Squanto, the Catholic Hero of the Thanksgiving

Do you remember Squanto, the Native American who assisted the Puritan Pilgrims at the “first Thanksgiving”?

Well, Squanto, our beloved hero of Thanksgiving, was Catholic!

His true name was Tisquantum, yet he is affectionately known to us as “Squanto.”

In 1614, Squanto was captured by a lieutenant of John Smith (remember? from Pocahontas). This shameful lieutenant attempted to sell Squanto and other Native Americans into slavery via Spain. However, some Franciscan friars discovered the plot and acquired the captured Native Americans, Squanto included. During this time, Squanto received instruction in the Catholic Faith and received holy baptism.

As a freeman, Squanto traveled to London where became a laborer in the shipyards. Here he became fluent in English. Eventually, Squanto was able to return to his Native Land, New England, in 1619 – five years after he had been kidnapped. He returned only to discover that his people were being decimated by the recently imported European diseases.

Since he was fluent in English, Squanto became well-known and valuable to the new English Pilgrims settled at Plymouth. As an English speaker, Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to fertilize the ground, grow corn, and the best places to catch fish.
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1 comment:

  1. This only goes to show how misguided Ecumenism can go so horribly wrong. America still hasn't recovered from its Puritan infestation.

    If Squanto hadn't developed an attachment to beer, he wouldn't have entered into interreligous dialogue with the heretics. The Pilgrims would have died out like Jamestown, and the French Jesuits would have had time to win America for the Church.

    There's always some poorly catechized Catholic mucking things up.


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