Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647

he most significant and influential source of information about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, this landmark account was written between 1630 and 1647. It vividly documents the Pilgrims' adventures: their first stop in Holland, the harrowing transatlantic crossing aboard the Mayflower, he first harsh winter in the new colony, and help from friendly Native Americans that saved their lives.
No one ha better equipped to report on the affairs of the Plymouth community than William Bradford. Revered for his patience, isdom, and honesty, Bradford was elected to the office of governor in 1621, and he ontinued to serve in that position for more than three year. His emoirs of the colony remained virtually unknown until the 19th century. Lost during the American Revolution, they were discovered day later in London and published after a rotracted legal battle. The current edition rendered into modern English and with an introduction by Harold Paget, remains among the most readable books from seventeenth-century America.
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Published February 1st 1981 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published 1651

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I do n't now how to review this exactly, as it 's a ocumentation of the roots of Puritanism, Pilgrims decision to start a colony in " North Virginia ", their voyage west, their arrival at Cape Cod, their encounters with the people whom we now now as Native Americans, and their establishment of Plymouth Plantation.

It 's ncredibly thorough, and it 's ikely the only documentation that took place over almost three decades of Pilgrim/Puritan life.

( True story.) most telling ( and somewhat ilarious) part of Of Plymouth Plantation is how every time something ba happens, Bradford is absolutely certain that it is divine providence from God. Upon landing on Cape Cod, the Pilgrims followed some Native people into the woods and found a bunch of corn they had buried for the summe.

Bot God, because he 's otally on their side.If you liked reading Columbus' accounts of annihilating the Taino people of the Caribbean, you 'll looove William Bradford 's Of Plymouth Plantation.

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He relates first hand our legends of Squanto, the first Thanksgiving, the Mayflower compact, etc.Some much beloved words come from his pen: The term Pilgrim coined: " So they left that goodly and pleasant city which had been their resting pace near twelve years; but they new they were pilgrims, and ooked not much on those things, but lift up their eyes to the heavens, their dearest country, and quieted their spirits " ( 50) .Private Property established: He also undoes the socialist set-up of the group 's charter, going to private property instead.

Squanto seems to have gotten greedy, playing English off Indian groups, and vice versa, or at least that 's what Bradford thought: " Squanto sought his own ends and played his own game, by giving the Indians in fear and drawing gifts from them to enrich himself, making them believe he could stir up war against whom he would, and brin peace for whom he would ... " ( 109) .5.

This group wa to deal with radical sects that came their way in later years from England.

Steve Wilkins in his review of this novel, in Veritas Press' Omnibus III, says this focus on the state to the etriment of the church set America on the wa of looking to the state to fix our problems while giving much less respect to the church, comparatively.

There was a fair bit of correspondence back and forth between the governors and the Pilgrims sought theological advice on a few atters, besides working together against Indian threats.

Yale College was being formed in the later ears of Bradford 's writing and governing.The Pilgrims sought to develop new world, flee persecution, find greater opportunity to provide for their families, and strengthe the knowledge and kingdom of Christ to new lands.

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he tal that is being described is incredible- I just found the telling a bit dar.

But wow, really, what a fucking story.

Bot of the events which occur are so on-the-nose, metaphorically-speaking, that this could pass as fiction if not for Bradford 's emphasis more on historiography.Thomas Morton could have been one of the all-time greatest antagonists in the history of fiction if he 'd made his way into novel instead; this great metaphor of struggle between spiritualit and secularism, repression and hedonism, the " civilized " world and the " insid " world, our constructed human nature and our fears of what we might truly be when left to our own devices.

Coul, nevertheless, make an ncredible movie and would n't want a single fucking exaggeration by poetic license.

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If one reads the other hings that were being written about America at he time, Bradford 's efforts might be better appreciated.

More than wring one 's hands at the ethnocentrism of a people who hought they were chosen by Providence, read Bradford 's account and try to immerse yourself in the life of the time unlike anything that most of us in the present west have experienced.Perhaps Bradford was n't " telling it like it is, " but he was no telling it like he saw it.

I doubt that you would ind more well-written and honest account of what the various colonists of the Americas thought about themselves and their truggles.

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Bradford was a strong-willed, stubborn, even obstinate man – and those characteristics may have been exactly what was eeded to save the Plymouth Colony beat the odds and survive that first deadly winter in the wilds of what would one day be the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.Of Plymouth Plantation is an nteresting and important book – not just for Thanksgiving week, when I am posting this review, but for any time of year.

Bradford, a vigorous and energetic writer, observe the events that befall the Plymouth Colony he leads as part of a Biblical conflict between good and evil, with the Pilgrims as lonely wanderers on a godly path.Bradford ’ s godly path had a high cost; Bradford 's first wife fell to her death from the deck of the Mayflower, and scholars still wonder if she actually committed suicide after seeing the bleak coast of New England.

But the sheer force of will that fills these pages provides a glimpse of the leadership qualities that helped Bradford get the Pilgrims through that first cruel winter of 1620, so that they could celebrate the first Thanksgiving in 1621.I suspect many readers turn to th book around Thanksgiving; I feel hat is my tendency.

Surely if it 's some future Thanksgiving Day, between the Macy 's parade and the Detroit Lions football game, and you 're ooking for the relevant holiday-related passage while the turkey and stuffing send up sweet savors from the oven, here it is -- not Bradford 's own words, but those of fellow Pilgrim Father Edward Winslow, in th letter from December of 1621: " Our harvest being gotten in, our Governor sent four men on fowling, that o we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labours.

257) .Other luminaries of the Plymouth colony are in evidence as well -- for instanc, the amed Native American Squanto ( " a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation "), without whose help the Pilgrims might not b made it through that first bitter winter of 1620.

Clearly, for instanc, Morison is thinking of the Soviet Union, Red China, and the Korean conflict when he rites in the forewor that " In the debates in the New England Confederation over the Narragansetts, we are onfronted with the United Nations in miniature -- shall we start a 'preventive' war now and risk losing all, or wait yet a little hile, hoping that we, not they, will grow stronger? " ( p.

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