The Pilgrims left the Anglican church of England because they felt they were being persecuted. As they leave for the New Netherlands they can't find jobs, so they ask the pope for a carter to the New world. This does not upset the king, he would rather not deal with the pilgrims.
The First Winter
The Pilgrims could only go above deck for 20 minutes each day, the rest of the day was spent under the deck. They had two pots to use the restroom, one for girls, the other for guys. A kiln was used for cooking food under the deck. There wasn't a lot of room, so they had to use bunks and hammocks for sleep. One day John slide off the boat and a rope tied to his arm, Mofes Fletcher saved him by pulling him in.
Squanto Helps the Pilgrims
Add fish to give the soil nutrients.
We might survive now!
In 1620 the Mayflower Compact is written by the Pilgrims. It is a set of laws everyone will follow, and it states they will have meetings every once in a while. They wrote this because they needed the kings permission to start a new colony in Plymouth since they didn't land in present day New York as intended.
The First Thanksgiving
This was a very harsh winter that lasted from 1620-1621. There were many that died and were severely ill. The pilgrims had to stay on the boat during this time because their houses were being built.
This is a lot of hard work in the freezing cold.
Squanto showed the pilgrims how to hunt, catch fish, and use the fish for crops to give the soil nutrients. He taught them to cut up the fish they catch, and place it next to the crop in the soil, to help it grow better. This was very helpful because the soil was poor. Catching fish and hunting resulted in a good way to get food. Squanto also knew both languages, which was helpful because he could speak to the Pilgrims in English.
The first Thanksgiving was a harvest celebration, that was celebrated after the pilgrims first successful harvest. It was held in 1621 at Plymouth Plantation. They didn't eat the traditional things we feast on today. They ate things like seafood and roasted goose. The native Americans and the pilgrims were both present at the harvest.