Harassed into leaving England and unhappy with their new home in Holland, the Pilgrims took a literal leap of faith in coming to the New World to begin a new colony where they could practice their particular brand of Puritanism away from constraints of the Anglican Church and the influence of Dutch culture. Landing outside of the jurisdiction of the Virginia colony, the fledgling Plymouth colony was able to survive due to a strategic alliance with the local Wampanoag Confederation of tribes, on whose land they had settled.
This text tells the story about the first years of the colony and the fateful decision of Massasoit, the Wampanoag leader, to formally ally with the colony – a decision he would later come to regret. This is the chapter “The Pilgrims” from my textbook “We Take Nothing by Conquest”.
This chapter is also included in a complete and comprehensive mini-unit on the Pilgrims and the Plymouth colony available from my store. That complete unit includes not only this text but also an inquiry based study guide, PowerPoint, primary-source activity, assessment, and a Teacher’s Guide for using all of the materials
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