Timeline of Key Events for Of Plymouth Plantation

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Of Plymouth Plantation Timeline

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Have students keep track of a timeline of up to ten events from Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford. Using the narrative, along with their history textbooks or online resources, have them plug in the dates of the major events, including the history of the Puritans before their voyage, the voyage, their first winter, their interactions with the Native Americans, etc. See the following timeline example below:


Example Of Plymouth Plantation Timeline


July 1608


The Separatist movement decides to move to Leiden (near Amsterdam) in Holland.

September 1620


After departing from Holland in July for Southampton, England, the group boards the Mayflower, and sails for the New World.

November 1620


The Pilgrims spot land, drop anchor, and sign the Mayflower Compact.

December 1620


The Pilgrims set foot in Plymouth, Massachusetts. An illness hits the Pilgrim group, and by March, over half of the group had died from the illness, starvation, and the elements. Bradford’s wife Dorothy May dies aboard the Mayflower.

March 1621


The Pilgrims negotiate with the Nauset tribe, establishing a peace treaty and later setting up trade relations.

October 1621


The Pilgrims have the first “Thanksgiving” with Massasoit and his men.

August 1623


William Bradford marries his second wife, Alice Southworth, a widow.

November 1623


The first official Thanksgiving is declared by Governor William Bradford, as the Pilgrims celebrated the arrival of more people and supplies that began to arrive in July.

March 1629


A royal charter for Massachusetts Bay Colony is issued. Plimoth Plantation and the Pilgrim settlement is later absorbed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

September 1638


The Pequot War with the colonists ends in a treaty.


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Create a timeline that illustrates ten major events in Of Plymouth Plantation.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add additional cells to the timeline as needed.
  3. In the title of each cell, note the major event.
  4. In each description box, describe the event.
  5. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  6. Save and submit your storyboard.
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