MASSASOIT 1 - SOURCE: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN INDIAN...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
SOURCE: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY V.3 BY BRUCE E. JOHANSEN AND BARRY M. PRITZKER, EDITORS MASSASOIT THE NAME "MASSASOIT" IS A TITLE MEANING "GRAND SACHEM" OR "GREAT LEADER" THAT WAS BESTOWED ON OUSA MEQUIN (YELLOW FEATHER), SACHEM OF THE POKANOKET AND THE GRAND SACHEM (MASSASOIT) OF THE WAMPANOAG CONFEDERATION. LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT MASSASOIT (CA. 1590-1661/1662) PRIOR TO HIS CONTACT W/ THE PLYMOUTH COLONY IN 1621. HE WAS BORN AROUND 1590 IN MONTAUP, A POKANOKET VILLAGE NEAR PRESENT DAY BRISTOL,RI, AND ROSE TO LEADERSHIP OVER 8 LARGE VILLAGES. THE FIRST DOCUMENTED CONTACT OF MASSASOIT W/THE ENGLISH OCCURRED IN 1619. IN THAT YEAR, HE MET WITH CAPT. THOMAS DERMER FOLLOWING THE LATTER'S VOYAGE W/ TISQUANTUM (SQUANTO) TO NEW ENGLAND. WILLIAM BRADFORD, THE 2ND GOVERNOR OF THE PLYMOUTH COLONY, DESCRIBED THE POKANOKET SACHEM AS "A VERY LUST {SIC} MAN IN HIS BEST YEARS, AN ABLE BODY, GRAVE OF COUNTENANCE, AND SPARE OF SPEECH. ..HIS FACE WAS PAINTED W/ A DEEP RED LIKE MULBERRY AND HE WAS OILED BOTH HEAD AND FACE". TRADITIONALLY, MASSASOIT IS REMEMBERED FOR HIS ALLIANCE WITH THE PILGRIMS
Background image of page 1
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.
Ask a homework question - tutors are online