Of Plymouth Plantation

Of Plymouth Plantation

Captain Myles Standish Character Analysis

Myles Standish accompanies the Pilgrims on the Mayflower on their first voyage to the New World, and later serves as the Pilgrims’ chief military adviser. Standish is instrumental in organizing a militia and, toward the end of his life, assembling an army to fight the Narragansett Native Americans. He’s also a fixture of the Pilgrims’ expeditions to explore New England. Standish was probably one of the most influential early colonists in New England—his military experiences helped shape the colony’s policy toward Native Americans and neighboring settlements for decades to come.

Captain Myles Standish Quotes in Of Plymouth Plantation

The Of Plymouth Plantation quotes below are all either spoken by Captain Myles Standish or refer to Captain Myles Standish. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 2, Chapter 16 Quotes

He consulted with the Captain how he could get further supplies of gun powder, for he had not enough to carry him home; so he told him he would go to the next settlement and endeavour to procure him some, and did so. But Captain Standish gathered, from intelligence he received that he intended to seize the bark and take the beaver, so he sent him the powder and brought the bark home. Girling never attacked the place again, and went on his way; which ended the business.

Related Characters: William Bradford (speaker), Captain Myles Standish, Girling
Page Number: 177
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Captain Myles Standish Character Timeline in Of Plymouth Plantation

The timeline below shows where the character Captain Myles Standish appears in Of Plymouth Plantation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 10
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...in November 1620, the Pilgrims proceed to explore their new home, under the command of Captain Standish . On November 15th, a group of armed Pilgrims ventures inland, where they see a... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 1
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...times, there are no more than half a dozen healthy people, including William Brewster and Captain Myles Standish . The sailors begin to desert one another, refusing to take care of the sick... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 4
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...Massasoyt alerts the Pilgrims of the impending attack. The Pilgrims then send troops, headed by Captain Standish , to fight the Indians. The Massachusetts settlers are grateful to the Pilgrims for defending... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 6
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The Pilgrims also send a second ship to England, captained by Myles Standish . In England, Standish’s mission is to convince the remaining investors to fall in line... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 7
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In April 1626, Captain Myles Standish returns from England, having traveled on an English fishing boat. He comes bringing sad tidings,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 9
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...the practice. Morton “haughtily” replies, “the king’s proclamation was no law.” Bradford decides to send Captain Standish and armed men to arrest Morton. They do so, take him to Plymouth, and eventually... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 15
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...accused of having taken part in the attack in Kennebec, and the Plymouth leadership sends Captain Myles Standish to negotiate his release. Massachusetts’s leaders agree to free the unfortunate Pilgrim; however, they demand... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 16
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...of the King of France. The Pilgrims retaliate by sending an armed brigade, led by Myles Standish , to sail to the harbor and demand that the French return the property. However,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 25
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...the Council. Seeing that war is inevitable, the Plymouth leadership assembles 190 men, led by Myles Standish , to fight the Narragansett. (full context)