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					Pilgrims Build Plymouth
         Colony

         1621
   The seal of the Plymouth Colony, designed
    in 1629. It depicts four figures within a
    shield bearing St George's Cross,
    apparently in Native-American style
    clothing, each carrying the burning heart
    symbol of John Calvin. The seal was also
    used by the County of Plymouth until
    1931, and is still used by the town of
    Plymouth today.
Plymouth Plantation is located on the coast
             of Massachusetts.
The Pilgrims came ashore with almost
nothing—no “butter or oil, not a sole to
             mend a shoe”.
Many loved and trusted in the “providence
                 of God”.
They were hardworking, but disease and
  unfamiliarity with the land resulted in
      many deaths the first year.
An Indian named Squanto (Tisquantum)
 befriended this colony, taught them how
to grow corn, and showed them the best
             fishing streams.
The Pilgrims worked hard, planted their
  crops, and in the autumn gathered a
            bountiful harvest.
In November 1621, they gathered with the
   Indians to thank God for His provision
    establishing the American tradition of
                Thanksgiving.

    The celebration lasted three days.
   "Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on
    fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together
    after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day
    killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company
    almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we
    exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and
    among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety
    men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they
    went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation
    and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and
    others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this
    time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want
    that we often wish you partakers of our plenty."
   Edward Winslow, Dec. 11, 1621, in A Journal of the Pilgrims at
    Plymouth (Mourt's Relation: A Relation or Journal of the English
    Plantation settled at Plymouth in New England, by certain English
    adventurers both merchants and others.) Dwight Heath, ed. New
    York: Corinth Books, 1963, p. 82

				
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