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From the Pilgrims to the Present

In 1620 a group of English Protestant separatists set sail across the Atlantic to settle in a “new world.” Intent on landing in what is now New York City, instead the ship carrying 101 men, women and children made ground on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After 66 days of rough seas, the Puritans began to prepare for the coming winter by gathering what they could from the land surrounding their encampment – and from the Native Americans. Instead of warring with the new arrivals, a Wampanoag leader who knew English taught the settlers to grow corn and use fish to fertilize the fields. After several meetings, a formal agreement was reached between the parties and they joined forces to protect each other from other tribes.

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Topics: United States