Twitter Mashup

Twitter is a mashup – combining past and present – history and technology – cultures and places – and most importantly – people.

Kindred Spirits about Role of the Internet

Through Twitter, I have been able to do many things from finding tips about web design and graphics to pursuing political, environmental and social issues to posting links about our clients and about this area so that people all over the word can see them.  However, perhaps the most interesting Twitter  experience was a personal one. Tweeting led me to Peg Mullligan, a lady in New England, who is also interested in blogging, in distance learning, and practical uses of the Internet.  Because of our mutual admiration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, we realized that we were kindred spirits in the way we envisioned the role of the Internet.

Squanto - Courtesy of the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth

Squanto - Courtesy of the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth

Squanto (Squantum)’s Link to Cupers Cove (Cupids)

Serendipitously, my son travelled to Plymouth, Massachusetts earlier this fall, through Cupids 400, to research and photograph a little known fact in the history of John Guy’s Cupers Cove Colony.  Squanto (aka Squantum), a Native American, who had been born and grew up in Patuxet (which stood where Plymouth now stands), lived in Cupers Cove (Cupids) in 1617 -1618.  He went back to his homeland in 1619, and was there to greet the Pilgrim Fathers when they arrived in 1620.

Though his knowledge of English, he was of great assistance to them. William Bradford, Governor of the Plymouth said of him:

…Squanto continued with them and was their interpreter and was a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation. He directed them how to set their corn, where to take fish, and to procure other commodities, and was also their pilot to bring them to unknown places for their profit, and never left them till he died.

Squanto (Squantum) is little known as a person. He is usually portrayed as a Disneyesque caricature with the Pilgrim Fathers at Thanksgiving.  Yet, his life story is one of the most compelling in history.  He endured unimaginable hardships and personal suffering, and he was of great assistance to the Pilgram Fathers, helping them to survive in the New World.  I completed Internet research about him earlier and have included it in a website.

Squantum Website

Just as a little side comment, the caption on the bust of Squanto in the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, explains that Squanto’s head is the only remaining piece from a grouping of  figures representing the Pilgrim Fathers’ arrival in the New World that stood at the entrance to the Museum in the early 1900s.  That seemed so appropriate!  Squanto is still the ultimate survivor.

Statue of a Wampanoag overlooking Plymouth Harbour

Statue of a Wampanoag overlooking Plymouth Harbour

Twitter Connection

While in Plymouth, my son met Peg and her family who spent the Columbus Day Holiday in the area.  Then Peg invited my son to write a guest blog for her blog series: .

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As I said, though Twitter and our mutual interest in history, we have been able to combine history, culture, and learning in an interesting way.  I hope others will join in our experience through commenting on the topic of Squanto and early New World settlement, which is of great interest to us in this area due to the 400th Anniversary of Cupids, the first English Colony in Canada, in 2010 [References about Cupids 400 –  Cupids 400 Website The Cupids Archaeological Dig, Crossroads for Cultures – an Educational Site about Cupids 400 ], but also on the value of the Internet and Twitter as a cultural and a learning experience.


Filed under Cupids 400, Photography, Social Media, Twitter

2 responses to “Twitter Mashup

  1. Margaret,

    Thank you so much for tying together here the value of the Internet and Twitter, as a cultural and a learning experience, in light of our very personal online interaction, this last year. The connective and serendipitous nature of the Social Web culminated when I recently met your son with my family, in Plymouth. Our meeting brought home to me just how much my world has expanded, since I began twittering about a year ago.

    The lesson of Squanto as a survivor, really resonantes on so many levels, and your son’s guest blog post and this related piece capture so poignantly all the separate ideas, experiences, and cultures, which the Squanto story symbolizes, mash-up style.

    Thanks again to both of you for sharing so generously of your time, respective writing gifts, and love of history.

    We are kindred spirits, indeed. –Peg

  2. Thank you, Peg. There have always been strong ties between Atlantic Provinces of Canada, such as Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, and the New England States. In addition to the Squanto connection, in early history there were many links. The Pilgrim Fathers on their initial voyage in the Mayflower, stopped for fresh water at Renews in Newfoundland. (Renews was a summer “fishing room” where fishermen dried their fish and found supplies before heading back to England for the winter.) John Mason, who was governor of the Cupers Cove (Cupids) Colony during Squanto’s stay, went on to founded the colony of New Hampshire in 1629, and in 1635 he was appointed first vice-admiral of New England. Sir George Calvert, Lord Baltimore, founded a colony at Ferryland in Newfoundland. Later, he applied to establish the colony of Maryland in New England. His son Cecil established the colony and was governor for more than 40 years.

    Newfoundland did not become part of Canada until 1949, so many Newfoundlanders went to the New England States, which they called the “Boston States” to work and many settled there.

    The Western Union Cable Company established an office in my home town of Bay Roberts. In the days when international communication was via under ocean cables, the Bay Roberts office was an important link between Europe and North America. (For that reason, it has been declared a Canadian National Historic Site) Employees moved between Western Union Offices in Bay Roberts and the New England States.

    Conception Harbour, which is in the Northern Avalon Region of Newfoundland, is known as the home of ironworkers who built skyscrapers, bridges and other “high steel” structures throughout North America beginning in the early 1900s. Jim Rasenberger, author of the 2004 book High Steel: The Daring Men Who Built the World’s Greatest Skyline, says throughout his research, he found the role Newfoundlanders played in high-rise construction fascinating.

    “The one thing most Americans know about ironwork is that Mohawks do it,” he says. “Nobody knows about the role of Newfoundlanders, which I think is … every bit as significant and is every bit as important to the New York skyline.”

    These are just a few of the links. Other people know so many more.

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