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SAMOSET, Indian chief, born in New England about 1590. He was a chief of the Pemaquids on the Maine coast, and learned English from the colonists of Monhegan island, sent out by Sir Ferdi-nando Gorges. Three months after the hmding of the Pilgrims, Samoset entered their settlement at Plymouth with the salutation "Welcome, English-men!" He informed them that Patuxet, where they had planted their village, was ownerless land, because its former inhabitants had been carried off by pestilence. A week later he brought Squanto, who had been taken to England, to act as their interpreter, and showed his friendly interest in endeavoring to bring about a treaty of peace with Massassoit, the chief sachem of the Wampanoags.
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