The Plymouth Pilgrims And Hardships They Encountered
?The cowards never started and the weak died along the way? This is very true pertaining to the Plymouth Pilgrims, who clearly had to possess courage, strength, and faith to make such a journey to America.
The Pilgrims, or Separatists, of England wanted complete division from the Angelican Church. This Church of England was strict and was the one and only church that was tolerated in England. People who, like the Pilgrims, wanted freedom from the church, were faced with the decision to either inevitably face hard, often tortured death, or make the long, grueling journey to America. In 1607, the Pilgrims made their first attempt to leave England bound for Amsterdam. William Bradford spoke of “the hardness of the place and country.” The only occupations available to English immigrants were those in low-paying jobs such as cloth-making, and other labor-intensive occupations. Some of the English who had fled to Holland expended their funds and “returned to the prisons of England rather than endure the hardships in Holland.” After several more attempts to leave, the Pilgrims succeeded in getting a patent from the London Virginia Company. They started off to the
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