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Mayflower, Day by Day - Monday, 19 July 1621

19 Jul 2021 3:55 AM | Soule (Administrator)

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In a letter written on 11 December, to go back to England with the Fortune, Edward Winslow wrote, “We have found the Indians very faithful in their covenant of peace with us; very loving and ready to [please] us; we often go to them, and they come to us; some of us have been fifty miles by land in the country with them. … It had pleased God so to possess the Indians with a fear of us, and love unto us, that not only the greatest king amongst them, called Massasoit, but also all the princes and peoples round about us, have either made suit unto us, or been glad of any occasion to make peace with us, so that seven of them at once have sent messengers to us to that end.”  By the end of the year, for the first time in living memory, there was peace among all the tribes, and Winslow believed that this would not have happened without the arrival of the Pilgrims.  There would be two significant encounters, however, before that: one at the end of August, in a strike against the rebellious chieftan Corbitant, and another in September as Winslow sought to make contact with the Massachusetts Indians.

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