Samoset, 1590-1653?, a sachem, or leader, of the Pemaquid Indian tribe of the Abnaki confederacy, allegedly greeted the Pilgrims soon after their landing at Plymouth. It was he who introduced the Pilgrims to the Wampanoag sachem, Massasoit.

In 1625, Samoset signed the first land sale transaction ever executed between the eastern tribes and the English colonists, and he sold another parcel of land in 1653. He apparently died soon after and was buried in his village's cemetery, within what is now Bristol, Maine.

James A. Clifton