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In September 1620, a merchant ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, a port on the southern coast of England. Normally, the Mayflower’s cargo was wine and dry goods, but on this trip the ship carried passengers: 102 of them, all hoping to start a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. Nearly 40 of these passengers were Protestant Separatists–they called themselves “Saints”–who hoped to establish a new church in the New World. Today, we often refer to the colonists who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower as “Pilgrims.” (Continue reading from The History Channel)

Along with the United States and Great Britain, this year's anniversary is sharing the yearlong commemoration with The Netherlands and the Wampanoag Nation which encompasses the Mashpee and Aquinnah tribes. (Continue reading from The New York Times).

  • Mayflower 400 - Explore England's commemoration which includes a focus on key cities and towns that make up the national Mayflower trail with an interactive map. 
  • Leiden 400 - Discover culturally significant Mayflower resources from The Netherlands including historical photos, social perspectives and educational programs. 
  • Wampanoag Nation - Learn about the Aquinnah and Mashpee tribes including historical background, social and political identity. 
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