The author of "Plymouth Plantation Chronicle," William Bradford, was born in 1590 and lived until 1657. He was the leader of a group of Puritans who set off to form a new society in North America.
William Bradford was born in England. It was a time of religious upheaval. He was inspired by the ideals of the Puritans, a Protestant religious group that wanted to purify the traditions of the Church of England. They were called Separatists because they supported the idea of a total break with the official church.
The emigration to North America offered the hope of freedom. Therefore, in 1620 Bradford and his wife joined nearly 40 other Separatists on the ship named the Mayflower.
Bradford documented the trip's planning phase, the journey on the ship, and the life of the growing colony. Bradford described the group as “pilgrims,” or religious wanderers, the name we use for them today. He also wrote his experiences during his 30 years as governor.
The author described the travelers’ first impressions when they stepped on the earth, "Being thus arrived in a good harbor, and brought safe to land, they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of Heaven who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean."
Bradford recorded their significant experiences. The Pilgrims arrived in winter and during the subsequent months, many of the travelers died.
Bradford described in his memoirs the starvation, tragic encounters with Indians, and the first Thanksgiving. During the first years on land, the settlers were attacked by hostile Indians. Other tribes were more peaceful and the colonists tried to establish good relationships with them.
The Chronicle "Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford is a priceless historical document. Bradford's work is also well-written, easy to read, and has a captivating plot.
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