Squanto’s Story Starts Before the Pilgrims Leave England
Although we are often led to believe that the Pilgrims were the first white Europeans to settle in the New World, in reality, settlers and explorers from Europe were visiting the area for quite some time. The Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620, but they were latecomers to the New World.
The Norse had established at settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows at the tip of Newfoundland in the year 1000, Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean in 1492, the lost colony of Roanoke was founded in 1585, and the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown began in 1607. So for hundreds of years, the Native American people had interactions with white Europeans, for better or for worse.