Mayflower Voyage Anniversary

Happy Mayflower Voyage Anniversary! This Sunday, September 6, 2020, marks the 400th anniversary of the third and final attempt by Master Christopher Jones to sail the Mayflower from England to New England. I suspect if Master Jones had known what was in store for him, his crew, and the 102 passengers, he’d have declined the honor. Jones and his crew sailed the wooden cargo ship Mayflower from London to Southampton in July. He’d probably navigated that […]

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Leiden and the Future Pilgrims

Today Leiden in the Netherlands is a delightful city of about 125,000. The center city is much as it was hundreds of years ago, but easily reached today by modern bus service. In 1609 the Scrooby Separatists religious refugees relocated there from Amsterdam. At that time Leiden was a significant industrial community of around 15,000 and growing. By 1650 the town had grown to a city 55,000. Though I grew up knowing our family tree […]

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Amsterdam Refugees

When the Scrooby Pilgrims’ 1607 first attempt to immigrate to the Lowlands failed, they returned to Scrooby and organized for another attempt. Their 1608 efforts resulted in successfully becoming the Amsterdam refugees. It was a mixed blessing. No longer must they worry about searchers and enforces rounding them up and handing them over to authorities. Instead they had to worry about where they would live and how they could support themselves in a bustling city, […]

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Pandemics, Protests, Pilgrims, Pokanokets and Puritans

What do pandemics, protests, Pilgrims, Pokanoket and Puritans have to do with the Boston in England? That Boston is one of the many international stops planned along the 2020 Mayflower400 International Partner Trail. Historians spent years planning a series of special events and displays to commemorate the journey that brought Pilgrims to New England in 1620. The 2020 pandemic has cancelled most of those plans. An earlier pandemic played a part in the story, bringing those […]

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York Castle and the Mayflower Pilgrims

The ancient Roman city of York was a major site of political and religious influence in Northern England during the time period when the Separatists gathered for underground worship in the Scrooby Manor. By the dawn of the seventeenth century religious rebels were imprisoned there for challenging the authorities. York Castle is located only fifty miles to the north of Scrooby, along the Great North Road. Author Sue Allan, the official historian of Scrooby Manor, […]

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