Squanto's Role In Pilgrim Diplomacy Book Analysis

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The article Squanto’s Role in Pilgrim Diplomacy discusses the importance of the Native American named Squanto, in his duty as mediator between the Pilgrims of New England and the Indian tribes in the surrounding area. In the article the author, Leonard A. Adolf, argues that without the assistance of Squanto in the encounters between Native Americans and English men, the success of the Plymouth colony would not have been as great. Adolf, professor of history at Oregon State University, further explores the various aspects of the affairs handled by Squanto for the pilgrims. Adolf’s purpose in writing this article is to highlight the significance of Squanto’s role in the growth of Plymouth colony stating that his skills, “were important to the …show more content…
It gives real accounts of times in which Squanto was of immense help to the pilgrims in diplomatic affairs. For example, in the situation were an English young boy had to be saved were “the guidance and interpretation of Squanto made a recovery possible” (Adolf, 1964, Pg. 251). Giving various statements of situations like these make it a thorough article with many useful information. Similarly, Mourt’s Relation:A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, a collection of journals written by Pilgrims in Plymouth, shares similar stories and also highlights the importance of the Native Americans such as Squanto and Massasoit. Also, it is written from the perspective of pilgrims like all the accounts told in the …show more content…
The message is redundant throughout the article that without him it is most likely that the Pilgrims in Plymouth would not have survived very long. Without Squanto they could have either all died from not having sufficient resources or from being attacked by Native American tribes. These are all things with which Squanto helped resolve and prevent. This is highly significant because the success of Plymouth helped pave the way for the future of New England colonies, and success was only possible thanks to the knowledge of Squanto, according to the article. This is an article that could be to anyone one who would like to learn more about positive interaction between Native Americans and English colonies or also about the early history of survival of the

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