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Mayflower, Day by Day - Thursday, 8 April 1621

8 Apr 2021 3:02 AM | Soule (Administrator)

At anchorage

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.

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