Separatists In England they were forced to belong to the Church of England. They did not believe in the Church of England, so they decided to separate from that church so they could worship God as they pleased.
They would go somewhere where they could raise their children as they chose and no one could tell them what religion they had to follow. They chose to sail to the New World–America. These people, we now call them Pilgrims, hired two ships to take them to America. The ship was the Mayflower
There were now about 130 people on the small ship, !02 of them were Pilgrims. On September 6, 1620, the Mayflower set sail for America. Unfortunately, because of the delay, the Mayflower would be crossing the Atlantic ocean during the dangerous stormy season.
Violent storms pounded the little ship. The storms pushed the ship farther and farther north and when they finally ended, the pilgrims and the crew of the Mayflower found themselves hundreds of miles north of where they were supposed to be.
On November 11,1620, the Mayflower stopped at Cape Cod. It had been 66 days since the Pilgrims had left England.
The Pilgrims decided to build their settlement not far from Cape Cod in a place they named Plymouth