The Pilgrims settled in an area with rocky soil, so growing and selling crops wasn't an option. Instead, they had to rely on whaling, fishing, and subsistence farming.
When the Mayflower landed in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the Pilgrims wanted to run the government differently than King Charles I. So, they made a plan of government called the Mayflower Compact, which stated that they would all work together to run the settlement.
The Pilgrims faced religious persecution in England, so they decided to come to the New World so they could have religious freedom. They were called separatists because they separated from the Church of England.
The Pilgrims got blown off course by a storm and landed at Plymouth Rock, which was an area with rocky soil.