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It is said that the oldest street in the United States is Leyden Street, in Plymouth Massachusetts. This claim may be open to question, but certainly Leyden Street is one of the very oldest.

It was on this street, perhaps then unnamed, that the Indian, Samoset, approached the Pilgrims, with his friendly and astonishing greeting in English, “Welcome; Englishmen!” He had learned a few words of English from fishermen who sometimes came to Monhegan, and as a member of the Indian tribe in the vicinity of Plymouth, he kindly greeted the white foreigners.

Not long after this gracious visit, Samoset was one of the chief participants in the signing of the first treaty between the Indian and the white man. This famous event took place on Strawberry Hill, Plymouth, on April 1, 1621, less than a year from the time of the landing of the Pilgrims.

The treaty, which lasted all through the following fifty-four years of Samoset’s life, was entirely respected by all who ratified it.

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