Monday, September 5, 2011

September 6: The Mayflower Leaves Plymouth, England

391 years ago, the Pilgrims departed for the New World and, after 66 difficult days, arrived at Cape Cod.  Wikipedia notes:

The Mayflower has a famous place in American history as a symbol of early European colonization of the future United States. With their religion oppressed by the English Church and government,[6] English Dissenters called Pilgrims who comprised about half of the passengers on the ship desired a life where they could practice their religion freely. This symbol of religious freedom resonates in U.S. society and the story of the Mayflower is a staple of any American history textbook. Americans whose roots are traceable back to New England often believe themselves to be descended from Mayflower passengers.

The American Revolution began 156 years later, and the Constitutional Convention took place 167 years later. And, of course, Virginia was settled earlier, in 1607. Thus this country had a long colonial history.


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