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Born: 1590, near present day Plymouth, Massachusetts
more commonly known today as Squanto, or 'Big Bean' was a Patuxet
American Indian who is best known for assisting the Pilgrims after their
first winter in the New World.
Tisquantum's assistance to the Europeans is remarkable because he was
thrice kidnapped and enslaved in Europe before returning to America to
find that his entire tribe had been wiped out by a plague brought by the
European explorers. Today he is remembered in American folklore
regarding his role in the first Thanksgiving.
Died: November 1622, Chatham, Massachusetts
In 1622, in present-day Chatham, Massachusetts, while on a trading
expedition between the Pilgrims and the Cape Cod native people,
Tisquantum became ill with "Indian Fever," began to bleed from
the nose, and died. Peace between the two groups lasted for another
Where is Squanto buried?
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles,
- Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
- Chief Squanto Memorial Marker, Chatham, Massachusetts