The Pilgrim Fathers set off for North America in the Mayflower

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Historical Context Note

The Pilgrim Fathers were a group of 102 colonialists who became known as the Plymouth Colony, and were some of the first permanent settlers of America. Sailing in The Mayflower, they landed in Massachusetts in 1620, many of them having originally left England for Holland in order to escape religious persecution.

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Editors. "The Pilgrim Fathers set off for North America in the Mayflower". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 December 2011
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