Quincy (Kwin' zee), Massachusetts, City of Presidents and Birthplace of the American Dream
Squantum: always wanted to ask. Where does that name come from? I'm thinking Native American. Have heard it often over the years on WBZ.
You would be right thinking Native Americans, Birdman. It was the Algonquins who called the "Chapel" area of the peninsula, Musquantum. Legend has is it that Musquot and his squaw, Squanit taught the newcomers how to make shelter and plant crops to survive the harsh winters; it became a sacred place. Ironically the Natives did not survive the plague or the many attacks on their people. A few English settlers gradually took over the area; Musquantum became part of Dorchester town in 1630, and the name changed to "Squantum." That's today's history lesson ;-)
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