Commander of the ship, The Sampson, Captain Thomas Spragg had connections at the highest levels along the northeastern Atlantic coast of America, from the Carolinas to New England. He was responsible for transporting a number of New England Indians out of the colonies to Cadiz as slaves in late 1675. Among his nearly 200 captives were eighty Indians from Plymouth Colony who were captured by Samuel Mosely and forty-five taken by the Mohegans. Included in the number were Wampanoags who surrendered at Dartmouth and Sandwich, Massachusetts. L.H. Roper, Conceiving Caorlina: Proprietors, Planters, and Plots, 1662-1729 (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004), 7. John G. Turner, They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2020), 282.