Who Were the Pilgrims?

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The Separatists wanted to practice their own religion which was different from the mainstream religion in England. They became known as the Pilgrims. So, in 1620 a small group left England and headed for Virginia on a ship called the Mayflower. A storm blew their ship off course taking them to Cape Cod, Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, after a 66 day journey. They created the first self-governing agreement in the new land called the Mayflower Compact. They proceeded to make friends with the Wampanoag tribe. Together, they happily celebrated their first Thanksgiving in the new world with a harvest of tasty local food. Here is a word search to help your child celebrate!

About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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