Tuesday, November 21, 2006
In 1620, the Mayflower left Plymouth, England, bound for the new world. There were 102 passengers. 44 of them (19 men, 11 women, and 14 children) were Separatists, looking for religious freedom. The others were known to the Pilgrims as "Strangers," men who desired a new life in a new land. In spite of the hardships and deaths of so many of their group, not one person chose to return to England when the Mayflower made its return voyage five months later. I love this painting by N. C. Wyeth which shows the Pilgrims standing on the shore watching their ship leave.
For more pictures, and a wonderful retelling of the story by Robert San Souci, get the book, N.C.Wyeth's Pilgrims, from our library.