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Sunday, November 09, 2014

That Land Which Is Called Cape Cod

They were not a litle joyfull.

 - William Bradford


Yeah, so after a scorching 2mph journery of over 2700 miles in a lightning fast 65 days, the Pilgrims saw the New World:

[A]fter many difficulties in boisterous storms, at length, by God's providence, upon the 9th of November following, by break of the day, we espied land, which we deemed to be Cape Cod, and so afterward it proved. And the appearance of it much comforted us, especially seeing so goodly a land, and wooded to the brink of the sea. It caused us to rejoice together, and praise God that had given us once again to see land. 

They'd finally anchor a couple days later, then sign a frame of government, go exploring and get right to stealing stuff from the natives.

ntodd

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You might want to check the deaths in the first winter.

Please note that none of the signers of the Mayflower Compact or members of their families died in that first winter.

Only the poor.

Posted by: Evil is evil | Nov 10, 2014 11:45:43 AM

I'm pretty sure that's not true.

I won't count Bradford's wife since she drowned after falling off the ship in mid-December, but both John and Edward Tilley died in the winter of 1620/21, as did their wives Joan and Ann. So did Edward Fuller and his wife (their son, Samuel was also a signer and survived). Christopher Martin and his entire family died. John Allerton. Isaac Allerton's wife. James Chilton, John Crackston, Moses Fletcher, William Mullins (plus wife and son), William White, Degory Priest, Thomas Rogers, Thomas Tinker (and family), John Goodman, Edmund Margeson, Richard Brittenridge, John Rigsdale, Richard CLarke, Thomas English. I think that's everybody.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayflower_Compact#Signers

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mayflower_passengers_who_died_in_the_winter_of_1620%E2%80%9321

Posted by: NTodd | Nov 10, 2014 12:23:17 PM

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