The leader of the Separatists, William Bradford, decided that they would move to Virginia to begin a new settlement, so they could practice their religion freely. He asked the Virginia Company for a charter. The Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower in September of 1620 in order to get away from King Charles I and religious persecution. Later, when the Pilgrims arrived the men discussed things in the Mayflower Compact that would in the future decide laws, voting, and local things like town meetings.
Three groups of people the Pilgrims, Puritans, and the Separatists all came to New England with their families to settle and begin the tradition of Thanksgiving. Thousands of Puritans, who were strict church members, came during the Great Migration and their arrival would eventually lead to the New England Way and the Salem Witch Trials.
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After the Massachusetts Bay Company helped the Puritans settle in New England many people began to wonder how their economy would be stable and successful . The climate and crop seasons of Plymouth were a lot different than Jamestown and they had to figure out what would help them most. They mostly used subsistence farming on small farms because their rocky soil could not produce cash crops on its own. They used many other methods including the timber, whaling, and fishing industries.
A storm sent the first settlers of Plymouth off coarse and instead of landing in Virginia where the Jamestown settlement had been further north in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. They stayed in this part of New England and later named it Plymouth. Plymouth had very rocky soil and was much cooler than Jamestown. The settlers first set foot on Plymouth rock in November of 1620.
How would you compare and contrast Jamestown and Plymouth?
Jamestown and Plymouth had many similarities and differences. For example, their difference in geography because Jamestown they had swampy land and fertile soil, while Plymouth was rocky and not great for growing crops, especially because it could also get really cold. The settlers of Jamestown had come with the mind set of coming and then returning to England, but in Plymouth the brought their families and wanted to make permanent homes there. Since the colonists of Massachusetts brought their families women were there. In Jamestown no women were allowed to come. Lastly, both groups were both English and while being sent by different people for different reasons they both also had slaves and for the most part were catholic.