(c.1584–1656), engaged by the Pilgrims to sail with them on the Mayflower (1620) as a military leader. His measures of defense and diplomatic ability in handling his soldiers soon made him more than an employee, and he may have become a member of their church. Among his important actions was the dispersal of the settlement of Thomas Morton, by whom, in the New English Canaan, he was called “Captain Shrimp, a quondam drummer.” There is no historical basis for Longfellow's “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” for Standish was twice married. He also figures in Jane G. Austin's Standish of Standish and Motley's Merry Mount.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.