Mayflower Compact

The journey had been long and turbulent, but after sixty-six days at sea, land was finally spotted. The relief that must have been felt on November 9, 1620 when present day Cape Cod, came into view. Several days were spent … Continued

Mayflower Voyage: Life on Board

By the time The Mayflower set sail for the New World, provisions were low, after losing much time and resources on the repairs for The Speedwell. The passengers were already weary, having been on board throughout the delays. The Mayflower … Continued

Mayflower Voyage: Turning Back

After being delayed with repairs for The Speedwell, the ship originally hired to travel with the Mayflower, the voyage to the new world began. On August 5, 1620, The Speedwell and The Mayflower set sail with the Separatists and colonists … Continued

Did my Ancestors Come Over on the Mayflower?

Yesterday, we celebrated Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving tradition in America originated with the Pilgrims that came over on the Mayflower. There were 102 passengers {plus crew} that came over on the Mayflower.  However, by the end of that first winter over … Continued

Before the Mayflower: The Fight to Reach A New World

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The Pilgrims decided to relocate to Virginia, but there were still numerous obstacles ahead. Negotiations were touch and go with the Merchant Adventurers, the stock company that back them.  Some investors signed on before eventually backing out.  The plan was … Continued

Before the Mayflower: Life in Leiden

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Leiden was a thriving industrial center while the Pilgrims lived there, but life was not easy for many of them. This group, which was around a 125 people, were initially thrilled to be in Leiden.  They were drawn to the … Continued

Before the Mayflower: The Scrooby Congregation

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The Scrooby Separatist Church was established by William Brewster at the Scrooby Manor House in around 1606. To avoid arrest the meetings were held in secret. The principle members of the congregation were Richard Clyfton, John Robinson and William Brewster.  … Continued

Before the Mayflower: Origins of Conflict

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We think about the Pilgrims and their voyage on the Mayflower.  But what was their life like before that voyage? The core group of the Pilgrims originated from Scrooby, England.  This group held Separatist beliefs not conforming with the Church … Continued