Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick, Essay on Pt. One

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Mayflower: Part One The novel Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick has a long list of things to teach us about the New World. The fact that it’s showed us that the very first pilgrims had no idea what they were in for was crucial. They were hit with the realization that the Natives would be wild and ferocious instead of calm and tame. They’d known they would be introduced to new ways of life, and disease, but they didn’t suspect that it’d be the most destructive part to the goodwill of the newly born colony. Within this novel, there’s certain environmental, political, environmental, and cultural relationships developed between Natives and Pilgrims. Philbrick wrote that the pilgrims first landed at the New World in 1620. “For sixty-five …show more content…
He taught them how to fertilize the soil, which was important in the ethics of farming. It’s possible that if Squanto never helped, Plymouth Colony would’ve never existed longer than a year. The Natives of the New England area provided amazing economic support for the goodwill and survival of the colony. Most of the political relationships involved Squanto and his knowledge. He was a guide and a translator for the two settlers Stephen Hopkins and Edward Winslow on diplomatic missions with the Wampanoag sachem, Massasoit. Squanto was once captured and almost killed by the Wampanoag tribe. Since Squanto was of great value to the sake of colonists the man Myles Standish, the colony’s military leader, grouped together a ten man team to march into Wampanoag land and recover Squanto “dead or alive.” (Philbrick 119) Wampanoag captured Squanto because they’d found him guilty of being dishonest and disloyal to the sachem by constantly working with the Pilgrims. Fortunately, Squanto was found alive, and was brought back to the Pilgrim’s colony to continue helping the colonists. On the way back from a peacekeeping journey from the Wampanoag Confederacy, Squanto became ill with a fever and, “bled from his nose in the most awful of manners” (Philbrick 119). People believe Squanto must’ve been poisoned by the sachem for another accusation of disloyalty. A different political issue was selling land.
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