JFK+50: Volume 6, No. 1801MAYFLOWER ARRIVED AT PLYMOUTH 395 YEARS AGO
Plymouth, Massachusetts (JFK+50) On this day 395 years ago, December 18, 1620, Saints and Strangers from the English merchant ship Mayflower came ashore here at Plymouth.
The group, made up of 102 men, women and children, included a number of separatists who had broken with the Church of England and wanted to start life anew in America. These people we know as Pilgrims but they referred to themselves as Saints. Those settlers who were not part of this religious group were called Strangers.
The Mayflower departed England on September 6 and on November 11 landed at Cape Cod where 41 male passengers signed an agreement known as the Mayflower Compact. In signing the document, the men pledged themselves to submit to a government and agreed to abide by the laws of the colony.
According to Robert Tracy McKenzie of the Washington Post, however, in the history of the United States we have portrayed the Pilgrims inaccurately.
"Five myths about the Pilgrims," by Robert Tracy McKenzie, The Washington Post, November 22, 2013, www.washingtonpost.com