Did you know that Squanto was Catholic? That’s right, the very same Squanto of the first Thanksgiving story was a Catholic.
We all know how Squanto was sadly kidnapped by John Smith (don’t let Disney fool you, he wasn’t such a great guy). However, it was under these unfortunate circumstances that Squanto was introduced to the Catholic faith.
Upon being brought to England, Squanto and some fellow Native Americans were spared from a lifetime of slavery by some Franciscan Friars. The Friars also introduced Squanto to the Catholic faith and had him Baptized. The Friars helped Squanto to follow his dream of returning home. He went to work at a shipyard in London where he learned English.
Eventually, Squanto made his way back to New England to sadly find that many of his people had been killed by sickness brought over by the Europeans.
Squanto went on to play an integral role in the survival of Pilgrims. He would cross the Atlantic Ocean six times during his lifetime.
Now you have something to share if the story of Squanto comes up this Thanksgiving!