‘Tis the season for one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving! To that end, my five part story series on the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving story continues with Part 2 as The Writer’s Reverie marks the momentous events that are foundational to the formation and founding of our nation using primary source documents as resources. Picking up our story, the decision has been made to seek the shores of America in pursuit of religious freedom . . .
Note: Mistress Kate is a bit busy at the moment, packing for the sea voyage of a lifetime! So, we shall pause from her narrative and take a look at what was happening in a quiet Indian village across the sea . . .
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.”Genesis 50:20 NKJV
But, this forshadows the end of our story – and, we have yet to begin!
The scene opens in 1614 when the Patuxet Indians numbered in the thousands. They had been living peacefully on the land they had cleared and built up for their thriving village. Water was nearby and all things vital to their survival were readily available to them in the beauty of the Massachusetts Bay.
Now, at that time, two kinds of Englishmen had been coming to seek new homes in the new lands of America: Separatists – Christian folks seeking religious freedom and peace, who loved God according to the teachings of the Bible rather than the traditions of men and kings; and Adventurers – men who sought to settle the new world to exploit its riches.
One day, a Captain Hunt came to the village. He said he was a friend of Captain Smith’s and invited Squanto and some other braves onto his ship for dinner. But, when they stepped on-board, they were taken prisoner and put in a cell below decks – kidnapped! Captain Hunt was not a friend. He was a slave trader. Across the great sea they traveled to Spain where Squanto and his Indian friends were sold as slaves.Providentially, though, God prepared a way for Squanto. Some Christian brothers who ministered there saw the plight of these Indians and risked their lives to free them. They cared for their needs knowing how difficult it must be for them to have been taken from their foreign homes and brought to such a strange new land. Squanto learned all he could from these Christian Brothers and came to worship the God of the Bible – who he called The Great Creator.
The Brothers found a way for Squanto to go to England where he learned the language and the ways of the English hoping to return to his Patuxet village and be an agent of peace between the Native Indians and the new settlers arriving in the New Land.
Copyright Kathryn Ross, 2011 – taken from my original performance material and primary sources of the writings of William Bradford’s and William Brewster’s personal first hand accounts.
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