The Thanksgiving Story, Part 4

Part 4 of Thanksgiving Story

Samoset was the first to walk into the Pilgrims settlement in mid-March and shock them with his friendliness, broken English, and nearly naked state. It was Samoset who introduced Squanto and the Wampanoag’s chief, Massasoit, to the struggling Pilgrims.

The two groups – the God-fearing Pilgrims and the native Wampanoags – with Squanto working as interpreter, made a peace treaty that was to last for the next 50 years.

When the Indians left, Squanto chose to stay behind. He seemed to have found this odd setting of his Indian homeland now filled with English settlers more “home” than in the presence of other Indians. Besides, these poor people knew nothing of taming wild land and cultivating it for their own livelihood. Maybe he could help.

Though they had long given up on fishing, which seemed a hopeless cause, Squanto came beside them and taught them when to fish, where to fish, and how to fish. He showed them how to hunt deer, plant pumpkin among their corn rows, refine maple syrup from the maple trees, how to catch eels with their bare hands, and how to discern herbs good for eating and which to use for medicinal purposes.

Among these he taught them two essentials principals that would save their lives and the settlement itself.

They met in March and, as God’s perfect timing would have it, the next month was corn planting season. Squanto modeled planting four or five kernels at a time and used fish heads as fertilizer.

Also with Squanto’s help they learned how to harvest beaver pelts. He even helped set up trading relations among the friendly Indian tribes and made sure the Pilgrims received a good value on their goods.

Answers to prayers often come in an unexpected forms. The provision of God in the form of this Indian was not lost to the Pilgrims. Governor William Brandish said of Squanto, “…a special instrument sent of God for their good, beyond their expectation.”

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

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