Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

Late September, in the year 1622, Squanto died. He had helped the Pilgrims survive in the new world as “a special instrument sent of God.” Gov. Bradford wrote: “The winds drove [their boat] in; Capt. Standish fell ill with fever. … they could not get round the shoals of Cape Cod, for flats and breakers … so they put into Manamoick Bay. … Here Squanto fell ill of Indian fever, bleeding much at the nose, which the Indians take for a symptom of death. … He begged the governor to pray for him, that he might go to the Englishmen’s God in Heaven, and bequeathed several of his things to … his English friends. … His death was a great loss.”