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The original settlers of Plymouth Colony were known as the Pilgrim Fathers, or simply as Pilgrims. Before this, the settlers were known as "Old Comers." More »

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When the Pilgrims lived in England, they were called Separatists and considered an extremist group. Dissatisfied with the lax rules of the Church of England at the time, the Separatists formed an illegal congregation apa... More »

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The Pilgrims were a small group that left England in 1620 on the Mayflower to start a new life in the New World. They established the region's first permanent European settlement at Plymouth Harbor, although English fish... More »

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The Pilgrims brought arms and armor, household goods, tools, seeds, bedding, clothing and food that kept well. A few brought a limited amount of furniture, such as chairs and cradles, and at least two dogs were also on b... More »

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The Pilgrims came to what is now the United States for the opportunity to practice their own religion, while the Puritans came to reform the beliefs of the Church of England and then spread them. The puritanical view was... More »

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The Mayflower carried 102 passengers, roughly 40 of them Pilgrims, from England to North America in 1620. The Pilgrims, who referred to themselves as "Saints," were Protestant Separatists hoping to create a church in the... More »

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The first Thanksgiving meal was held by the Pilgrims and the neighboring Wampanoag tribe at Plymouth to celebrate the Pilgrims' first successful harvest. The Pilgrims also had a Thanksgiving prayer period prior to this, ... More »

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