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?
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
Why the Pilgrim's pants always falling down?
What happed to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?
'Nathaniel you know an ancestor of mine came over on the
Why did the hungry Pilgrim eat the last candle
'I was going to serve sweet potatoes with Thanksgiving dinner,
but I sat on them.'
Now where is that Turkey?
Two pilgrims go out hunting
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?'
Cartoon by Clay Jones
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