The Real Story of Squanto They Didn’t Teach In School

Squanto’s Real Name Was Tisquantum

A member of the Patuxet tribe, a band of the Wampanoag Indians, Squanto was born in 1585 in what is now Massachusetts. Some accounts note that Squanto’s given name was Tisquantum, but it is likely that that name was also a nickname bestowed upon him later in life.

Researchers have found that the word ‘tisquantum’ means ‘anger, or wrath of manitou’ in the Patuxet tongue. Perhaps his hot-headed personality earned him that moniker. But he had a right to be angry…

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