Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
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Experience the true story from American history about the spiritual roots and historical beginnings of Thanksgiving.
This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a twelve-year-old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims landed in a strange new world.
had ever happened. “He knows the future as well as the past,” the monks explained. “And all the people in the world are God’s children.” “God loves you,” they said, “and He has seen all you have been through. If you will trust Him, He will use those difficulties in ways you could never imagine.” 00-01_Squanto RP.indd 13 4/2/12 11:00 AM The monks knew that Squanto missed his family, so they tried to help him find a way to go back home to America. Finally, they came upon a good plan. But first,
Squanto would have to travel all the way to England. That’s where the trading ships were that sometimes sailed across the great Atlantic Ocean to Squanto’s home. So about five years after Squanto had first arrived in Spain, the time finally came for him to leave. He bid the dear monks farewell and traveled northward in a ship to London, England. 00-01_Squanto RP.indd 14 4/2/12 11:00 AM 00-01_Squanto RP.indd 15 4/2/12 11:00 AM London was an unbelievable sight! It made the city of Málaga
At long last he was going home! With tears in his eyes, Squanto bid farewell to the Slanies and to the great city of London with all its towers and bridges. Then Squanto boarded the ship and sailed westward, toward America. Far across the Atlantic Ocean, the ship stopped in Newfoundland at a large trading post, where it would remain until spring. Again Squanto waited. When at last spring arrived, Squanto boarded the ship one more time. As the many days passed, Squanto thought back over the last
4/2/12 11:00 AM When autumn came, the Pilgrims decided to set aside a time to thank God for His merciful blessings. They invited Squanto and the other braves from Samoset’s tribe to join them. 00-01_Squanto RP.indd 34 4/2/12 11:00 AM When the great day came, ninety warriors appeared from the forest, carrying deer, wild turkeys, and all manner of vegetables. This would be a great feast! 00-01_Squanto RP.indd 35 4/2/12 11:00 AM When everyone was seated, Governor Bradford began to pray:
food. But then, without warning, the men attacked! They grabbed the trusting Patuxets and threw them to the ground, tying stiff ropes around their wrists and feet. Squanto had never been so frightened! The men dragged the braves to their giant ship and threw them into the dark hold beneath the ship’s deck, laughing all the while. Then they locked the hatch above. 00-01_Squanto RP.indd 8 4/2/12 10:59 AM Squanto shivered in the darkness. The ropes hurt his wrists and ankles. The ship began to