The Mayflower came to America 400 years ago. The Mayflower brought pilgrims of a different kind – about 100 people who were committed to living lives of industry and independent thinking.
They were mostly Puritans. That made them very different than the rugged pilgrims of Jamestown, a group that had come to the shores of the New World many years before and had settled in the American south.
The Puritans were battle tested. They were weary of English rule, weary of fighting for their right to worship God, and weary of being told how to live their daily lives.
The Puritans were not motivated by money or the promises of riches in the New World. They were motivated by the right to simply live in their own way.
One of the most common issues at hand was something we think of as simple today: it was Christmas.
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