CAPTAIN WAYMOUTH'S INDIANS by Anne Molloy

CAPTAIN WAYMOUTH'S INDIANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the author of some fine sea stories for both the 8-to- 11 and 12-to-10-year-old readers (see Where Away?, The Monkey's Fist etc.), comes a piece of historical research which illumines a little explored part of America's maritime past. Though the story of Squanto and the four other Indians taken aboard the A hangel by Waymouth in 1605 has been much fictionalized, the actual events of their captivity and sojourns in England and Spain have been hard to piece together. As Anne Molloy states in her introduction, the white men who came into contact with these Indians were not interested in the brown men themselves but in the information they could offer about the New World. Such was their lot- to be used rather than appreciated. Tisquantum or Squanto, as he was called, achieved a measure of esteem, but for the most part the story is more suggestive of opportunism than any sincere wish to understand the inhabitants of the colonies the English were to establish. Pieced together from contemporary accounts, this is a well established and readable chronology.

Pub Date: Sept. 17th, 1956
Publisher: Heatings House