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William Bradford from 1621 to 1657
New Plymouth present today Plymouth Massachusetts
It was founded by separatists who came to be known as pilgrims
A pilgrim is a person who makes a journey for religious reasons.
King George forced everyone to the church of England. The pilgrims wanted to practice their own religion.
The pilgrims didn't like Dutch way of Life. They also wanted to live where everyone shared the same religious beliefs.
The Virginia Company agreed to pay the Pilgrim's passage in return, the pilgrims would supply the company with lumber and furs.
The Pilgrims were supposed to settle in Virginia but their ships were blown off course by storms.
They landed on the shores of Cape cod in present day Massachusetts
Most of the settlers fell ill and died that first winter
The Native Americans helped the Pilgrims survive.
Tisquantum or Squanto
He was a member of the Pawtuxet tribe who had been kidnapped before by John Smith and taken to England, then he escaped back to his native land
He acted as an interpreter and mediator between the Plymouth leaders and the native Americans
1621, the feast is considered the basis of Thanksgiving
the Indians taught the Pilgrims how to hunt, fish, and plant crops. From this help the Pilgrims had a good harvest.
As more settlers came they took more land. Some settlers treated the Native Americans unfairly.