What were some hardships that
happened to the Pilgrims?
The Pilgrims went to Holland because that
country was not ruled by a king. therefore they were free to worship as
The 11 years the Pilgrims spent in Holland saw them grow
in responsibility, learning new things, and self-government.
In religion, they grew milder and more tolerant of other's differences.
In business, they were learning new crafts that they had never known
When the Pilgrims finally landed in America, Separatists and Anglicans
joined together to form America's first written constitution-- the Mayflower
Compact. It was a crucial beginning for self-government in America.
Despite their experience in Holland's
free economy, the Pilgrims tried a brief experiment in agricultural when
they arrived in America. This try caused widespread starvation. Fortunately,
before it was too late, the Pilgrims saw their mistake and decided to learn
from others, the Native Americans.
Some present-day historians believe that the Pilgrims have
been overrated, that this little band of 100 or so English farmers don't
deserve such praise in the popular American imagination. Today we have come
to honor the coming of the Pilgrims, and more importantly, the values they
represented:--including religious values, and family values.
This Thanksgiving, let's remember that all of the blessings most
of us will enjoy this season were made possible by the rules of self-government
under God that were followed by the Dutch and the Pilgrims so well in the
17th century. Within the space of 20 years, the Pilgrims were able to create
the beginnings of a new nation.
Anwer the following questions?
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