Friend of the Pilgrims and Explorer.
When the Mayflower dropped anchor off Plymouth in December 1620, the Pilgrims and others on board did not know how to survive in the harsh New England climate. Half of the 102 settlers died during that first winter.
In the spring, Squanto came to them. He spoke English and wanted to help. As an interpreter, he arranged a treaty of friendship between the Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag tribe. Squanto showed the settlers how to fish. He brought them the seeds of foods that they had never seen before—corn, pumpkins, and squash—and showed them how to grow these crops.
With Squanto’s help, the colony survived. In December 1621, the grateful Pilgrims held a great harvest festival: the first Thanksgiving.