One hundred and two Pilgrims traveled for 66 days aboard the Mayflower ship that was about 113 feet long from England to the new world in America. Two babies were born on the ship during the journey. The first one was born as the ship crossed the Atlanta and was named Oceanus. The second baby was born when they reached the harbor and named Peregrine.
They weren't a very stylish or happy group... for the most part they wore dark clothing with white collars, struggled with poor sanitary conditions on board ship, were sea sick most of the time and just uncomfortable, scared, hungry and wishing they would get to land real soon.
They arrived in Plymouth in November of 1620 and landed on what is now known as Plymouth Rock. The rock was there back then, but it did not have the date 1620 chiseled into the front of it like it does today. It was also a lot larger than it is today since for years it was just sitting there and people chiseled little pieces off the rock for souvenirs. Now it is encased in a marble enclosure so it cannot be tampered with.
This is a great sign in Plymouth announcing that this is the place that the Pilgrims landed, but that was not there when the Pilgrims arrived in 1620 either.
The Samoset Indians were there back in 1620 when the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth and they helped them learn how to plant corn and hunt and survive the cold New England Winters.
The Indians were definitely more stylish than the Pilgrims. Check out this Samoset Indian headdress, marvel at the design and the flourish with which he styled his hair with feathers. I am sure the Pilgrims were just amazed to see this when they landed!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Make sure to take a moment to remember the Pilgrims, their long voyage here to America and the friendly local Indians who taught them how to survive. People helping people, what a simple concept yet so compelling. And, of course, to give thanks for your family and all that you have. best, carol