Friday, November 20, 2009

The Pilgrims

Report: The Pilgrims
Subject: History
By: Nicholas
Grade: 97%

First of all, to know the pilgrims; you need to know who they were. When you here the word pilgrim, what do you think of? Would you think of people wearing black with golden buckle shoes, or perhaps people sharing thanksgiving with the Indians? Well, as popular as these are, they are all incorrect.
A Pilgrim is, by definition “Someone who travels a great distance for religious reasons.” As of now you are probably just dying inside waiting to ask me, “Why did they come here?” Well the answer you probably know all to well “Religious freedom.” Answer correct, but it is not sufficient
A good way to answer this would be, they were in England; prosecuted for a mere prayer. They’re way to stop this senseless prosecution? Escape England; but, who would organize all of this?
William Bradford, Was born in 1590 in a small Yorkshire farming community in Austerfield, England. Sadly for Bradford, both of his parents would die during his younger years. Now, I would rather not bore you, nor depress you anymore than I have so lets move on shall we?
The Mayflower is a simple answer that every body is told. They left on a ship called the Mayflower. Setting out for all of there freedoms in a distant land. It has taken them months to plan this. This plan would take months; months of preparation, collecting food, and every drop of clean water they could carry.
In America the pilgrims faced every terrible thing possible. Icy cold winters, starvation, and on top of all, disease. Really the fact that half of the pilgrims went out searching for any riches they could, instead of searching for basic supplies didn’t help at all. The time they wasted on looking for gold instead of food, water, and wood are the reason most of them died. The supplies I listed could have been used for nice warm meals, and more importantly, a nice home. It was the greed of these men that killed the pilgrims. Luckily though, the Indians would come before the next winter.
The Indians played a large role in the survival of the pilgrims. They taught vital skills to help them. Skills like hunting and planting there own food, later the pilgrims and the Indians would share the first thanksgiving together. There thanksgiving was much simpler than the thanksgiving we know today. They’re thanksgiving was peaceful and simple.

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