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Saturday, September 19, 2020

At a time when America is straining under the weight and contradictions of its history, along comes the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower dropping anchor off these shores. Already this year the country has been forced to confront the baleful legacy of slavery, and the systemic racism that grew from that Original Sin.

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...On this 400th anniversary, do the Pilgrim Fathers even merit all the fuss?

After all, the Mayflower didn't bring the first English settlers to these shores. Nor was the Plymouth Plantation the inaugural settlement. Jamestown in Virginia had been founded 13 years before. In the west, the Spanish had already settled Santa Fe, the capital of what's now New Mexico. And maybe it's worth stating the obvious from the outset - that the Pilgrim Fathers should not be confused with the Founding Fathers, the patriots who fought against the British in the revolutionary war, the visionaries who in 1776 launched this rambunctious experiment in democracy.

George Washington was not a passenger on board the Mayflower, a confused conflation that on occasions has been mistakenly made - although nine US presidents can trace their bloodlines to those who did make the journey, including the Bushes and FDR.

It's also a mistake to view the arrival of the Mayflower as the first interaction between white settlers and indigenous North Americans. Contact with Europeans had been going on for at least a century, partly because slave traders targeted Native Americans. When the pilgrims came ashore, a few members of the Wampanoag tribe could even speak English....



#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-09-19 03:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Bet they wish they couldn't.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-09-19 10:18 PM | Reply

FFS stories like this are what Russia wants us to be thinking about.

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2020-09-19 10:27 PM | Reply

The pilgrim fathers were a bunch of stiff necked religious fanatics that even England didn't want.
The "patriotic education" of the mid 20th century cemented them with "Thanksgiving" and disregarded their flaws.
They were not nice people.

#4 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2020-09-20 09:58 AM | Reply

The pilgrims brought the idea of Fantasyland with them. Belief in the fantastic land of America that will bring riches and glory and gold to Gawd and Man. Religion for Gawd and Gold for man. Mostly White man. And they came for the gold. They believed the fantasy that was being sold to them. Like the pilgrims to Jamestown 13 years earlier they came to America with a promise of finding gold. It was the American Dream. And still is. It is the roots of our belief in fantasyland.

The mayflower was actually heading for Jamestown to join in the hunt for gold which they said was everywhere when it was blown off course.

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-09-20 10:51 AM | Reply

What we get wrong?

Read "The Scarlet Letter." Everything you need to know.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2020-09-20 01:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I actually just read the whole article. I'm not sure what we all get wrong about the Pilgrims. Unless the author is pointing out that some stupid people confuse them with the Founding Fathers. They were theocratic pioneers bravely coming to a new land determined to make a new society based on strong religious beliefs. They rightly have an important place in this Continent's history.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-09-20 01:54 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

My first American ancestor arrived at Jamestown as a child in 1608 with her father, a British naval captain, and his wife. Her eventual husband arrived in 1624.

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-09-20 06:13 PM | Reply

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