Getting in stores and ballast.
Master Jones offered to take back any of the colonists who wished to return to England, but none desired to go. There are a number of ways of interpreting this, and it was undoubtedly a combination rather than one single reason: a basic optimism may have led them to believe that the worst was over; a strong commitment to the project may have been in evidence; a desire to stay with the others, with whom they had suffered so much; or perhaps they really had no place to which they could return. Each passenger who stayed probably had a unique reason, but the only ones who left any written discussion of the colony’s early history are Edward Winslow and William Bradford, and they quite consciously framed their work for a widespread public consideration. Famously, John Alden, who had been the ship’s cooper, decided to remain and not to go back to England.
This was home now.