Our story actually begins several years before our story begins when a group of young Patuxet men are abducted by some strange white men who came across the ocean. The white man was Captain George Weymouth and one of the boys was named Tisquantum, also known as Squanto. Squanto was transported across the sea on an odyssey across Europe where he learned English before finally making his way back home. When he arrived back to his homeland he found out that he was the last one of his kind. All of the Patuxent people had been killed by diseases acquired from the white explorers.
Meanwhile a group of restless religious refugees signed an agreement to colonize an area called Plimouth in the new world. They were seeking to find religious freedom and opportunity. They booked a ship called the Mayflower and sailed across the Atlantic. After several failed attempts to land, on 21 December, 1620 they disembarked across Plymouth Rock and into the new World. This is significant because it made the Mayflower actually the first Plymouth Voyager. I had one but it only seat 8 and they got 102 people in that 1620 model . I wonder what kind of mileage they got.
The first winter was brutal and by brutal I mean they were crammed in very few make shift shelters with dying people. A member of the Abenaki people came strolling into the camp one spring day. He saw how laughably unprepared these people were. His name was Samoset he was from the area now known as Maine and was on a diplomatic mission to the Wampanoag people and – insert miracle here-he spoke English. He arranged for the chief of the Wampanoag, whose name was Massasoit and the last surviving member of the Patuxent people, by the name of Squanto, to help them. Squanto did help them and by harvest time they had learned enough from him to be able to survive the next winter, even though only 54 of the 102 original Pilgrims survived to see it.
One day the Pilgrims were out celebrating and giving thanks. They were probably doing some target shooting which attracted the nearby Wampanoag and Chief Massasoit, who came into the village and saw a feast laid out. The Wampanoag went out and killed 5 deer and presented them to the Pilgrims and then they hung out and celebrated for 3 days. Yep, the first Thanksgiving. Even though several other ships came to join them, the Plymouth Colony did not swell in population. By 1630 there were only around 200 colonists. In 1691 they merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The quiet town depended mainly on fishing and shipping until 1824 when the Plymouth Cordage Company opened and became the largest rope manufacturer in the world until synthetic ropes put them out of business. In 1889 the Forefathers Monument, what I consider to be the most important monument in the world, was open in Plymouth. The principles etched into its granite are the guide to what made our country great and the only way to restore divine providence. Plymouth has enjoyed an influx of population over the past 40 years and people have been drawn by the quality of life and history that Americas Hometown has to offer. Through our past we can renew our future.