A Diplomatic Mission:
Having established a formal agreement with the native tribe, the Pilgrims set out on a journey to Pakanoket, home of the tribeís king, Massasoit.  Throughout Mourtís Relation, in fact, we see the Pilgrimsí intention of further opening communication with the natives.  The Pilgrims wanted it to be understood that they meant no harm, but came out of respect and hope of building a firm friendship with Massasoit and his people.  Promising repayment for any damages done and any corn taken, the Pilgrims wished to cement the relationship they had begun to establish.  This section of Mourtís Relation also suggests that there were no hostilities between the two groups or threatened by either group, unlike what we see in the accounts of the Spaniards.  Their bond was founded on trust.  The Pilgrims, wanting to confirm this trust, gave Massasoit a copper chain, so that if he were to send a messenger to them, the copper chain would be proof that the messenger was a friend.   In the same way, Massasoit welcomed the Pilgrim's visit and offered them what he could.  The purpose of this journey was to form the kind of successful future associations between European and native that was rarely seen beforehand.

Rosanny Bello
11/02

(page references to Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, ed. Dwight B. Heath [Bedford: Applewood Books, 1963])