When the reached America the pilgrims were devastated by the sight. It was not at all as they had hoped it would be. In one case a woman committed suicide.
Upon embarking on land the pilgrims encountered the Native Americans. However the Indians were startled by the new visitors and fled. This caused the pilgrims to think that they were falling back to later ambush them.
After they had landed the pilgrims soon began to catch diseases. These diseases killed off more than half the population leaving only 50 to remain. During this time the sick would be given beer as they thought that the water that they drank was causing the sickness.