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Myles Standish

Military Leader of Plymouth Colony Myles Standish

Profession: Military Leader of Plymouth Colony


Biography: Sailed to the New World with the Pilgrims on the Mayflower and served as military leader for the Plymouth colony. Also one of the first settlers and founders of the town of Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Birthplace: Lancashire, England

Died: October 3, 1656
Cause of Death: Strangury

Historical Events

  • 1620-11-15 Myles Standish leads 16 men in a foot exploration of the northern portion of Cape Cod
  • 1620-12-11 Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the "First Encounter"
  • 1621-02-17 Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony

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