We don't like the way you're running the church! We are going to go somewhere else.
The Journey of the Mayflower
The Mayflower Compact 1620
The people who disagreed with the church were called separatists. The separatists went to get a charter from the king to be able to start a colony in the new world to practice religion freely.
First Winter 1620-1621
The journey to the new world was rough. The boat had to hold 102 people for 2,750 miles. There were constant storms which eventually got them off track and they ended up in present day Provincetown.
Squanto Helps the Pilgrims
While still on board the Mayflower, the pilgrims wrote the Mayflower compact. This compact was written down laws so that the pilgrims would have an organized,orderly government. Each person on the Mayflower signed it promising to obey the laws written on it
The first winter was known as the "starving time". At least half the pilgrims died from illness, hunger, or cold.
Two Native Americans, Squanto and Samoset, became friends with the Pilgrims. They taught the Pilgrims how to plant beans, pumpkins, and corn. This helped the Pilgrims not starve to death.
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims invited Squanto, Samoset, and the Wampanoag to a feast to celebrate them being able tom create a colony. They called the feast Thanksgiving. Kind of like they were saying to the Native Americans: Thanks for Giving.