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On This Day in History: The Pilgrims Landed on Plymouth Rock

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On this day in 1620, the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

On December 18, 1620, the Mayflower landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and the Pilgrims aboard began their new settlement, Plymouth colony.  By the time the ship docked, the pilgrims had gone through a 14-year ordeal.  The Mayflower story began in 1606 when a group of Puritans in England established their own church, separate from the official Church of England.  This group was accused of treason and forced to leave the country.

The Puritans escaped to the Netherlands, where they struggled to adapt for 12 years.  Tired of their continued failure to earns a decent living, the group sought financial support from British merchants to set up a new colony in America.  On September 6, 1620, 102 passengers set off for the New World in the Mayflower.

After a long, harrowing journey, the pilgrims eventually landed at Plymouth.  However, their struggles did not end there.  The winter was brutal, and by spring of 1621, 50 of the original 102 settlers were dead.  In order to survive, the Pilgrims signed a peace treaty with the local Wampanoag Indians, aided by the English-speaking Squanto.  With help from the natives, the settlers learned to plant crops and survive off the land.  Eventually, as more settlers made their way to America, Plymouth grew into a prosperous shipbuilding and fishing center.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we learn more about American history on the anniversary of the Mayflower’s landing.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.   Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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