Social, Political, Economic and Geography of Plymouth Liz Breaux 3rd period
The Pilgrims quickly became friends with the Native Americans and wanted to celebrate their friendship with the first Thanksgiving with all the food they grew. Many families joined the feast with their newly acclaimed religious freedom.
Plymouth used whaling, timber and fishing as a source of economic gain. Since the area had snow and rocky soil, only small farms provided cash crops, but they used subsistence farming to feed themselves.
Once William Bradford had led the pilgrims to Plymouth, they had a problem. They had no government to follow, which led the settlers to decide to write their own government, which is known as the Mayflower Compact. King Charles I allowed them to do this. Men were allowed to vote and consult each other.
The geography of Plymouth was harsh to the colonists at first. When they first unexpectedly arrived in Cape Cod, Massachusetts from New England, they had a rough time growing crops because of the rocky soil and snow.
Jamestown and Plymouth have many differences. The Plymouth settlers got to the new world around 1620, while the Jamestown arrived in 1606. Plymouth was much more North, making it harder to grow crops. In Jamestown, they grew lots of tobacco, which was a big part of their economy. Plymouth primarily had timber, whaling and fishing as their main source of economy. While King Charles I allowed Plymouth settlers to create their own government, the King for Jamestown did not.