Mayflower Sets Sail!

On this day, in 1620, the Mayflower set sail from England to the New World with 102 passengers on board. Bad weather and navigational errors meant that this journey took 66 days (History)! Read more about the pilgrims and their journey in these titles at the library. 


Mayflower Compact by Christine Honders

The Documents of American Democracy series homes in on several of the important foundation papers that are central to U.S. history. Though the Mayflower Compact is often neglected, the series wisely includes the first document of the U.S. government. Written aboard the Mayflower, it not only laid out rules for the Plymouth Colony but it was used as a blueprint for future American governments.

An illustrated account of the life of John Howland, the young servant who was indentured to Pilgrim John Carver, describes how he embarked on the Mayflower and survived a fall off the ship before helping his ill shipmates by scouting out a safe harbor.

How do we know about the people who journeyed on the Mayflower? Why did they cross the Atlantic, and what happened to them? This book shows how we know about the travelers and their ship from primary and other sources. It includes information on some historical detective work that has taken place, using documentary and archaeological evidence, that has enabled historians to piece together the fascinating story of the Mayflower.

Told in a conversational tone, the narrative draws readers into the realities of the Pilgrims' arduous but monumental voyage. Students witness illnesses, storms at sea, and the unknown wilderness of the settlers' new home. Sprinkled with lighthearted but important advice-"Handy hint: Try to survive and raise lots of children-your ancestors will be grateful!"-this book portrays the significant implications of the Pilgrims' landing in America.

Twelve-year-old Mem presents a diary account of the trip she and her family made on the Mayflower in 1620 and their first year in the New World.

A fourteen-year-old indentured servant keeps a journal of his experiences on the Mayflower and during the building of Plimoth Plantation in 1620 and 1621.

A boy and his family endure a difficult nine-week journey across the ocean and survive the first winter at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.

Questions and answers describe the voyage of the Mayflower and the Pilgrim's first year in the New World.

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