2 Pilgrims : In search of Freedom On September 6, 1620, the ship Mayflower left England and sailed into the open Atlantic Ocean. The ship’s destination was the northern part of Virginia, near the mouth of the Hudson River. Only two people on board had ever seen the land they were sailing to.
3 Who were the Pilgrims and why did they leave England ? The Pilgrims were a group of people who were brave and determined.They sought the freedom to worship God in their own way.They had two choices :Conform to the King’s religionEscape from England.The finally escaped to Holland.
4 How did the Pilgrims leave Holland? The Pilgrims believed America was the promised land.They received the King’s permission to go.There were originally two ships, but due to leaking on the Speedwell, the Mayflower was forced to make the journey on it’s own.
5 A Long Ocean JourneyThey Mayflower set sail on Sept There were 102 Pilgrims on board . It was dangerous to cross the Atlantic Ocean: storms , illnesses, horrible living conditions.
6 Arriving in AmericaThe Pilgrims arrived in the New World 67 days after they left England.They decided to govern themselves – Mayflower Compact :1) work together for common good2) pass just laws3) elect and obey governing officials.
7 Where did the Pilgrims settle ? On December 16, 1620 the Pilgrims chose their home-Plymouth Rock .Construction was soon underway.Some Pilgrims got ill and died.It was a harsh winter for the Pilgrims.Only half of them survived.
8 A Hopeful Spring! Spring brought hope and courage for the survivors. The Pilgrims started to plant peas, beans and other crops.They started building houses.They made their own furniture.Life in the colony was not easy, but it was hopeful .
9 Friends of the Pilgrims: the Native Americans The native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to:Plant corn , beans and pumpkinsMake trapsCatch fish and other animals.
10 The Pilgrims and Native Americans had a feast together The Pilgrims and Native Americans had a feast together . This would be known as the first Thanksgiving.
11 The Pilgrims story is one of survival, courage and hope. They can be considered the Pioneers of this country.