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Chickatawbut was the sachem, or leader, of a large group of indigenous people of what is now eastern Massachusetts, United States known as the Massachusett tribe, during the initial period of English settlement in the region in the early seventeenth century.[1] Specifically, his home base was Conihasset, near modern Scituate.[2] The sachem's name had many variant spellings in early Massachusetts records. Some argue that he had an alternate name, Oktabiest [3] He maintained a base at a small hill on Quincy Bay in Boston Harbor known as Moswetuset Hummock. He was met there by Plymouth Colony commander Myles Standish and Tisquantum, a Patuxet guide, in 1621.[4][5] Chickatawbut's son, Wompatuck, was the leader of the Mattakeesett tribe and an early friend of the English settlers. Chickatawbut Road, one of the Blue Hills Reservation Parkways, and Chickatawbut Hill, at 517 feet (158 m) the highest point in Quincy, Massachusetts, are named for him.[6]


  1. ^ Morton, Thomas (1883). Charles Francis Adams, Jr., ed. The new English Canaan of Thomas Morton. Boston: The Prince Society. p. 11. OCLC 28272732. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  2. ^ Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, Indian Deeds: Land Transactions in Plymouth Colony. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002, maps
  3. ^ Bangs 2002, p. 14.
  4. ^ "East Squantum Street (Moswetuset Hummock)". Quincy, Mass. Historical and Architectural Survey. Thomas Crane Public Library. 1986. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  5. ^ Neal, Daniel (1747). "XIV: The Present State of New England". The history of New-England. 2 (2 ed.). London: Printed for A. Ward. p. 216. OCLC 8616817. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  6. ^ Douglas-Lithgow, Robert Alexander (1909). Dictionary of American-Indian place and proper names in New England. Salem, Massachusetts: Salem Press. p. 9. OCLC 621081. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 


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