Squanto, also known as Tisquantum, was born around 1585 in a Wampanoag tribe. Squanto learned how to speak English after living in England following his escape from slavery in Spain. He returned to New England where he helped starving pilgrims and became friendly with the Massachusetts settlers. He acted as interpreter at the treaty of Plymouth in 1621 between Chief Massasoit and Governor Bradford. Squanto played an important part of the first Thanksgiving.