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By T. H. Breen, H. W. Brands, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross

Focuses readers at the tale of yankee history.

American tales complements the accessibility of usa heritage via targeting the main mostly taught issues whereas keeping a robust narrative emphasis and chronological association. every one bankruptcy follows a constant constitution that maximizes comprehension. The textual content is going past the foremost occasions that experience formed the USA by utilizing major incidents to mirror historic dilemmas and the choices made via the yank humans and their leaders. The authors pressure issues and concepts that proceed to impact american citizens, as they think the influence of swap on human lives provides a vital layer to knowing historical past.

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And yet there were reasons to consider the region around Cape Cod as a possible settlement site. In the final chaotic months before their departure from England, Weston and others had begun to insist that a more northern site in New England—which was the new name for what are now the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont—was a better place to settle. As Cape Cod’s name indicated, this region was 36 Mayflower renowned for the large schools of cod that frequented these shores.

Seeing it as an opportunity to add to their already considerable personal wealth, two groups of noblemen—one based in London, the other to the west in Plymouth— were eager to underwrite British settlements in America, and in 1606, James created the Virginia Company. But after the Plymouth group’s attempts to found a colony in modern Maine failed miserably and Jamestown proved to be something less than a financial success, the two branches of the Virginia Company realized that they, too, lacked the resources required to colonize America.

Despite the chaotic and acrimonious nature of the preparations in They Knew They Were Pilgrims 23 England, the Pilgrims in Leiden forged ahead, purchasing a sixty-ton vessel named the Speedwell. Less than fifty feet in length, she was considered large enough for a voyage across the Atlantic; earlier expeditions had successfully completed the crossing in vessels that were less than half the Speedwell ’s tonnage. The Pilgrims hired a master and crew who agreed to stay on for at least a year in America and who undoubtedly oversaw the fitting out of the vessel with two new and larger masts.

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