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Mayflower, Day by Day - Friday, 1 October 1621

1 Oct 2021 3:19 AM | Soule (Administrator)

If only they had known …

Since the travellers were now running out of food, the wind was fair, and there was a full moon, “we set out at evening and, through the goodness of God, came safely home before noon” today, after sailing all night.  “Within this bay the savages say there are two rivers; the one whereof we saw, having a fair entrance, but we had no time to discover it. Better harbors for shipping cannot be than here are. At the entrance of the bay are many rocks; and in all likelihood very good fishing ground.”  They reported back to Plymouth that there was a considerable “Quantity of Bever, and a good Report of the Place, wishing we had been seated There.”  But, given the events of the previous year, it was immediately agreed that it was too late now to pick up and move.  The site would be occupied nine years later by John Winthrop and the Puritans of the Great Migration, where they would build their “city on a hill.”

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