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He also introduced them to the fur trade, an important means by which they could reduce their indebtedness to their London financial backers.Squanto had been abducted by Thomas Hunt in 1614, six years before the landing of the Mayflower, and he had lived in England with a merchant involved in a project to settle Newfoundland.William Wood noted in his 1634 report that "to speake paradoxically, they be great eaters, and yet little meate-men …" Stanford nutritionist M. Bennett concluded that 60% of their daily caloric intake came from grain products and only 10% from animal or bird flesh (as opposed to more than 20% in the average diet in mid-20th-century America).The proficiency at horticulture allowed the southern New England Natives to accumulate enough surplus not only for their own winter needs, but also for trade (especially to northern native bands), and as the English settlers repeatedly sought, to relieve their distress for many years when the harvests of the English proved insufficient. ) – late November 1622 o.s.), more commonly known by the diminutive variant Squanto, was a member of the Patuxet tribe best known for being an early liaison between the native populations in Southern New England and the Mayflower settlers, who made their settlement at the site of Squanto's former summer village.The Patuxet tribe had lived on the western coast of Cape Cod Bay, but they were wiped out by an epidemic infection.
The name may suggest, for example, that he underwent special spiritual and military training (as a pniesesock, or otherwise), and for this reason was selected for his role as liaison with the English settlers in 1620 (see below).He eventually was returned his native village and found it destroyed by an epidemic.His chief fame resulted from his efforts to bring about peaceable relations between the settlers who had come aboard the Mayflower and the Pokanokets.The polity of the sachem was called a sontimooonk or sachemship.
The members of this polity were those who pledged to defend not only the sachem himself by the institution of the sachemship itself.
Or perhaps the name was selected at the time of his 1621 encounter with the English settlers either as a defense to their cultural or religious influence or because he was entering a cultural no-mans-land.