Plymouth Plantation in the Atlantic World

Plymouth Plantation could not have survived without the on-going connections that first made it possible and then kept it going over its first decades. In fact, we would know very little about it without its ties to London, which allowed detailed accounts of the first years to be printed on presses in that city.

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Plymouth Plantation is famous in the United States as a site of beginnings, and its image revolves around vignettes drawn from the first year: signing a document to set up self-government, stepping onto shore, meeting a native man, celebrating a thanksgiving meal. All these images rely on the idea that pious settlers arrived in an isolated location where they endured hardship. How does their undertaking appear different if we acknowledge that they were intensely connected to (as well as quite like) other places in the Atlantic world?



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