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The Mayflower was an English sailing vessel that transported English Separatists (aka “Pilgrims”, “Puritans”), from Holland to the “New World”. The original plan was for the passengers to emigrate on 2 vessels, Speedwell and Mayflower, however, Speedwell proved not to be sea-worthy and all of the emigrants crowed onto the Mayflower. The Separatists migrated to Leiden, Holland, to escape the oppression of the English Church.

Mayflower had planned the newly founded English colony in Virginia for it’s destination, however, after a tortuous 3-month journey across the Atlantic, they decided to remain where they first spotted land, dubbed “Plymouth Rock”, rather than correct their navigational errors.

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