The history of the Pilgrims begins when various preliminary actions resulted in the formation of their congregation at Scrooby in 1605-1606. That church congregation's history expanded when the Pilgrims formed Plimoth colony, which existed from 1620 to 1691-1692. The "Pilgrim Era" would be considered to span the years 1606-1691.
Let's put our Pilgrim fathers into the context of history below. Use your cursor to scroll within the timeline.
By Peter Dustin
If one arrives in Plymouth, MA via Summer Street following the line of Town Brook that empties into Plymouth Harbor, one does not see the Harbor or Bay beyond until that view opens up only after the first-time traveler has made a quick turn onto Sandwich crossing Town Brook, then another quick turn onto Main, and a final quick turn onto Water Street to pass between buildings again crossing Town Brook with a marina blocking the view, not realizing that Brewster’s garden has been passed on the left and Cole’s hill was directly in the line of sight ahead, as one is focused on wanting to see the vista of ocean water and to identify a place to car park, and there ahead appears a white columned object, which is the Roman Doric Portico designed by McKim, Mead, and White, which it turns out covers the venerated remains of Plymouth Rock, lying on the sand at water’s edge below, with “1620” carved into the granite that having been done long ago in 1880 and later this remaining one-third portion of rock was relocated here for viewing from above at promenade level by peering down through the open floor of the Portico.
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