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Natural Disasters Hit New Plymouth

By Stacy B. C. Wood, Jr. "It Pleased The Lord To Visit Them..." The Pilgrims at Plymouth: The First Sermon Ashore, 1621. Painting by J.L.G. Ferris In the first two decades of their residence in New Plymouth, the Pilgrims were visited by a number of natural disasters: Sickness, Fire, Drought...

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Mayflower Namesakes

By Stacy B. C. Wood, Jr. Over the years, the historic ship Mayflower that brought the Pilgrims to New England in 1620 has been honored by various namesakes, Of course there was another 17th century ship of that name that brought Separatists to settle in Salem, Plymouth Colony in 1629, but she was...

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Pilgrims, Not Puritans

By Duane A. Cline Modern history easily confuses the Mayflower Pilgrims with the Puritans who followed later in the 17th Century. At the Twenty-Second General Congress of the Society of Mayflower Descendants held in Plymouth on September 13, 1960, the following resolution previously proposed by De...

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Forefather's Day

By Stacy B.C. Wood, Jr. The following poem is without author attribution (but see below). It appeared in the March 1846, Vol. III No. III issue, pages 249-50, of The American Review – A Wig Journal of Politics, Literature, Art and Science To Understand the Constitution. You may find it to be ...

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Nataniel Philbrick on William Bradford: Impromtu

By John M. Hunt, Jr. In his great book "Mayflower", Nathaniel Philbrick "focused," as he put it in the preface, "on two people," William Bradford (the governor, "pious and stalwart") and Benjamin Church (the Indian fighter, "audacious and proud"). Both men wrote revealingly about their lives in the...

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