Of Plymouth Plantation | Study Guide

William Bradford

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Book 1, Chapters 1–2 New Plymouth, William Bradford writes, was founded by a group of English colonists seeking to escape religious persecu... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 3–4 Upon first arriving in the Netherlands in 1609, the Separatists saw many "fortified cities" and heard a strange langua... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 5–6 Once the Separatists decided to leave Europe, they considered a variety of possible destinations. Guiana was ruled out... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 7–8 The Separatists finally left Holland in the summer of 1620, when two ships were hired to transport them westward. Boar... Read More
Book 1, Chapters 9–10 On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower set sail once more from Plymouth, England. The voyage was an arduous one, with man... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1620–21 Bradford first presents the "Deed of Government," written and signed by the Mayflower passengers. This document is usu... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1622–23 This year's record is largely concerned with Thomas Weston, the English merchant who had helped the Pilgrims secure sh... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1624–25 Despite their agreement with the New Plymouth government, private settlers in the area began to make trouble, inciting... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1626–28 Captain Myles Standish returned from England in 1626, bringing with him news of the deaths of two important figures in... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1629–30 The "Leyden people" (the remaining Separatists at Leyden) arrived in New Plymouth in early 1629, with Isaac Allerton—t... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1631–32 Edward Winslow returned from England with a large consignment of goods. While there, he attempted to relieve the colon... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1633–35 This chapter opens with two letters from James Sherley, one of the London investors in the colony. Sherley complains t... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1636–38 Having returned from England after a few months in prison, Edward Winslow was elected governor of New Plymouth. The co... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1639–42 In these years, New Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay made a joint effort to redraw their boundaries to prevent further t... Read More
Book 2, A.D. 1643–46 William Brewster, the spiritual leader of the New Plymouth congregation, died in April 1643. Bradford commemorates his... Read More
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