Pilgrims of Plymouth


Barbara J. Feldman

The Pilgrims were a English Separatist congregation that emigrated to Holland in 1608 to escape religious persecution. Twelve years later, discouraged by economic conditions, the congregation voted to move again, this time to America. A small ship, the Speedwell, carried them to Southampton, England, where they joined another group of Separatists and finally departed from Plymouth, England aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

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  • Pilgrim Hall Museum: Pilgrim Story5 stars

    The Pilgrim Hall Museum site has oodles of great educational material. Key elements of the Pilgrim story are retold via "stories and in paintings: the Mayflower Compact, the Landing, the First Thanksgiving at Plymouth." As with all history, these stories are based on facts, but are interpreted through the lens of the era when they were created. "We invite you to search through the layers of retelling to find the foundation of the 17th century. Where does it all begin? And where does it end?"

  • The Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony: 16204 stars

    Although totally without any aesthetic appeal, this well-written study guide about the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony deserves a visit. "After two months at sea, the Pilgrims arrived at Cape Cod. Imagine the sight that greeted their eyes on that cold November morning. It was as though they had landed on another planet, a strange, unfriendly place with no signs of civilization-a stark, barren landscape."

  • Plimoth Plantation: Just for Kids5 stars

    "The Englishmen who sailed on the Mayflower were a very unusual mixture of people from many different backgrounds. Some came from big cities like London, others came from small towns and villages in the country." Listed under Just for Kids in the left-hand menu menu, you'll find pilgrim coloring pages, recipes for native dishes such as succotash, homework help, and stories told from a kid's perspective. The Homework Help section includes articles about the Wampanoag natives, the Mayflower, and the first Thanksgiving.

  • Scholastic: Research Starters: Plymouth Colony4 stars

    Need ideas for a Plymouth Colony research project? This Scholastic site is a great resource, with a glossary, a list of articles from Grolier Online, and topics "to explore that relate to the Plymouth Colony. Looking at the articles, images, and other materials in this Research Starter may give you more ideas." For further research, there is a resource list of additional websites.

  • Social Studies for Kids: The Pilgirims: Voyage to Freedom4 stars

    This two-page illustrated story for elementary school students, tells a short history of the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and Plymouth Colony. "The ocean crossing was long and difficult. Many of the Pilgrims wondered if they would ever see land. Two people died, and one baby was born. On November 9, they saw land. Two days later, they dropped anchor at Cape Cod, which is now in Massachusetts."

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  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Pilgrims of Plymouth." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 3 Sep. 2013. Web. 25 Apr. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/pilgrims-of-plymouth/ >.


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