4 False Myths About The Pilgrims That People Think Are True
It seems the history books have lead us astray on the facts of Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims.
Here Are 4 False Myths About The Pilgrims:
1. They landed at Plymouth Rock. The Pilgrims ships actually landed in Cape Cod first, then they traveled to Plymouth. None of the original Pilgrims ever wrote about it, in fact, they never mentioned it until 121 years after they arrived.
2. They came to America in search of religious freedom. The Pilgrims originally settled in Holland, and they actually had tons of religious freedom there. However, they couldn't find work. So, they packed their bags, and sailed the ocean blue to a new destination to make a living, and yes, keep their religious freedom.
3. The Pilgrim Thanksgiving was the first American Thanksgiving. Native Americans had similar celebrations all the time, mostly involving their crops and harvests. They didn't call it "Thanksgiving Day," but neither did the Pilgrims. The first known use of that term was in 1674, 53 years after the first Pilgrim Thanksgiving.
The original "Thanksgiving" was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims.
4. The Pilgrims were boring and always wore black. In the descriptions from diaries of the Pilgrims from the Plymouth Colony, we are told of red, blue, green, yellow, and orange clothes. Apparently they knew how to party too, they also have diary mentions of beer and barbecues.
For a list of 10 false Pilgrim myths, click here.
To check out some Mayflower myths that are false, click here.