Pilgrim Fathers. The leaders of the Plymouth settlement on Cape Cod, made under a Virginia Company grant in late 1620. Religious dissidents from Scrooby (Notts.) had exiled themselves to Leiden in Holland, but decided their Englishness could better be preserved in English America. After a terrible early mortality and with Indian help, the colonists, not all of whom were associated with the Leiden group, survived and increased. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in November 1621. The Pilgrims' fortitude and their religious and communal values, rather than the chaotic individualism of early Virginia, have been traditionally commemorated by later generations.
Richard C. Simmons
More From encyclopedia.com
Virginia Company , The Virginia Company was formed in 1606 to restart English colonial ambitions in North America after the failure of the Roanoke colony in the 1580s.… Plymouth , Sources Exploring. The area that would become New England was claimed by England on the basis of voyages of discovery by John Cabot in 1497. By 1502… Father , fa·ther / ˈfä[voicedth]ər/ • n. 1. a man in relation to his natural child or children. ∎ a man who has continuous care of a child, esp. by adoption;… Peyton Randolph , Peyton Randolph American patriot Peyton Randolph (1721-1775), president of the first Continental Congress, was instrumental in securing independence… Powhatan Confederacy , POWHATAN CONFEDERACY, a paramount chiefdom in the coastal plain of Virginia, named for its leader at the time of English colonization. Powhatan had i… Virginia creeper , Vir·gin·ia creep·er • n. a North American vine (genus Parthenocissus) of the grape family, chiefly cultivated for its red autumn foliage. Virginia cr…
About this article
All Sources -
Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Topic
You Might Also Like