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Pictures of the Pilgrim Fathers

Pictures of the Pilgrim Fathers  (Also a Few Pilgrim Jokes)

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?
Pilgrims!

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Idyllic PilgrimsThanksgiving Welcome Picture

This is an early engraving depicting the Pilgrims landing; it's based on 1799 engraving by Samuel Hall.

While it represents an idyllic version of the landing this Thanksgiving picture has charm.

However, historian criticise the picture on the ground that the costume is more 1800s than 1620.  Also, according to contemporary journals the Pilgrims did not meet Indians until several week after the initial landing.

What was the Pilgrim Fathers and Mothers favorite dance?
The Plymouth Rock

Mary Chilton Sets Foot on AmericaThanksgiving Welcome

According to legend it was Mary Chilton who first stepped ashore from the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock.

Mary was only 15 in 1620, unlike many including her parents, Mary survived the first winter, and later married John Winslow in 1624.

The First Thanksgiving

Below is Jennie Brownscombe's interpretation of the Pilgrim Fathers celebrating the First Thanksgiving.  This picture has become a symbol of Thanksgiving and was printed in Life magazine

First Thanksgiving

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Thankful Pilgrims

Looking back approaching 400 years one can see why those first Pilgrims had a lot to be thankful for.  Their boat, the Mayflower, made it across the Atlantic Ocean.  We can only ponder how many perished in similar boats before their success.  And indeed we can think of all those boats which have been lost with all hands since.  The Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620 can be grateful that Iroquois Native Americans were not more numerous and more belligerent. November Thanksgiving - Pilgrims Mayflower

The Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower were members of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect).  They fled from persecution in England and took the opportunity of a better life in America.  Puritans negotiated with a London stock company to finance the pilgrimage to America.  However, 2/3 of those aboard the Mayflower were not Separatists, they just went along for the adventure and the opportunity. 

That first winter on 1620 was severe and by the fall of 1621 almost half of the original 102 settlers had died of hardship.  However, the vegetables were new to the Pilgrims and they needed help from the Iroquois Indians to grow crops such as maize and pumpkins.  Thanks to the skill of native Indians like Squanto, and good fortune, the harvest of 1621 was bountiful.

Governor William Bradford famously sent 'four men fowling'. They returned with deer, wild ducks and geese. While they probably did not have turkey as we know it, the Pilgrims coined the word 'turkey' as a generic term for any wild fowl. The resulting feast was more like an English harvest festival than a true Thanksgiving observance.

Pilgrim Jokes

Why the Pilgrim's pants always falling down?
Because they wore their buckles in their hats.

What happed to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?
He had an arrow miss.

'Nathaniel you know an ancestor of mine came over on the Mayflower.'
Nathaniel replied: 'Really? Which rat was he?'

Why did the hungry Pilgrim eat the last candle
He wanted a light snack.

'I was going to serve sweet potatoes with Thanksgiving dinner, but I sat on them.'
'So what are you serving now?'
'Squash.'

Now where is that Turkey?

Thanksgiving turkey - eat beef

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Two pilgrims go out huntingTurkey BlunderbusTurkey Blunderbuss

One hunter has two blunderbusses.

The second pilgrim asks, 'Why do you have two blunderbusses?'

The first pilgrim explains, 'I usually miss the first time I shoot. By taking two I can shoot again.'

The second pilgrim thinks for a while and then says, 'Why not just take the second one, and only shoot once?'

Pilgrims Friend or Foe?

Thanksgiving Pilgrims Landing

Cartoon by Clay Jones

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