Being the first two well-known places in which the English would set out to colonize in 1607 and 1620, Jamestown, Virginia and Plymouth, Massachusetts hold very separate set of beliefs, standards, and outlooks on life then and the future to come. While paving the way for things such as slavery, taxes, ownership of land, inclusion of women, tobacco and government assemblies, John Smith and the people of Jamestown became a classical foundation for new life and economic growth for the new world that is, the United States. On the other hand, William Bradford and his people began to realize the intentions of the Church of England were unholy and had strayed away from God’s teachings from the Bible. With this in mind, the Pilgrims set on a voyage to the new world to seek religious freedom. As we know it, the Pilgrims sought for peace and a new way of living that was fair, just and free from religious corruptions.
Bradford’s uncomplicated diction emphasizes the puritan plain style of writing in the 1700s with concise sentence and simple vocabulary, “Two of these seven were Mr. William Brewster, their reverend Elder, and Myles Standish, the captain and military commander, unto whom myself and many others were much beholden in our low and sick condition”. (Bradford )Smith’s contrasting diction expresses a sophisticated account with brash vocabulary, “Then finding the Captain, as is said, that used the savage that was his guide as his shield, all the rest would not come near him.” (Smith) The native were
The writers' personal details, in combination with images and dialogue, give the most accurate picture of this historical time period that continues to shape America's future. William Bradford was instrumental in the founding of Plymouth Plantation, and attributes all of the colony's successes to God's intervention. Images that provide background as to what hardships
The arrival of the first Europeans in the Americas is dramatically captured through the many writers who attempted to communicate what they saw, experienced and felt. What is more, the very purposes of their treacherous travel and colonization are clearly seen in their writings; whether it is poetry, history or sermons. Of the many literary pieces available today, William Bradford and John Winthrop’s writings, even though vary because the first is a historical account and the second is a sermon, stand out as presenting a clear trust in God, the rules that would govern them and the reason they have arrived in the Americas. First of all, William Bradford provides an in-depth look into the first moment when the Puritans arrived in the Americas. In fact, he chronicles the hardships they face on their way to Plymouth, yet he includes God’s provision every step of the way.
In William Bradford’s story “Of Plymouth Plantation”, he uses many examples of Divine Providence. Divine Providence is all that occurs in the universe that takes place under God's sovereign guidance and control. To establish a safe journey, the people of the Mayflower had faith in God’s Divine Providence. In Bradford’s story the people have faith in God and they survived.
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims book report Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is a book about a time traveling history teacher going on an adventure during the time of the pilgrim’s journey to America and settlement. With the help of his time traveling horse Liberty, Rush Revere experiences firsthand what it was like to travel with the pilgrim’s to the new world, along with two of his students, Tommy and Freedom. They see how much faith the pilgrim’s had in God, and how they were willing to travel to a new land not knowing if they would make it or not just because they wanted religious freedom. They experienced the making and signing of the Mayflower Compact and The building of Plymouth Colony. They got to meet and befriend famous historical figures such as William Bradford, Myles Standish, Samoset, and Squanto, and were invited to the pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving.
In the seventeenth century, the Pilgrims left England to head for the “new world” we know today as the Americas with the hopes of finding a place independent of King James and England. In traveling across the vast Atlantic Ocean to live independently the Pilgrims were given the task of creating a successful society. They sought a place to express their religion freely and independent from the restrictions in England. They aspired to make this society succeed in several crucial areas. They pursued strong protection and in very unfamiliar territory in order to keep their people safe and happy.
In beginning, this study will compare the captivity narrative of Mary Rowlandson and Mary Jemison. These narratives of Indian captivity in the mid-17th century provide a way to understand the methods that both women employed to survive. The first similarity between these two women is related to their Protestant background, which was a normative part of colonial life in New England during this historical period. In this manner, Rowlandson utilizes the religious tenets of practical religious belief to define her captivity with the Indians: “Life-mercies are heart-affecting-mercies: of great impression and force, and to enlarge pious hearts in praises of God” (Rowlandson 10). This is also evident in the Protestant upbringing of Mary Jemison, which defines the foundations of their original cultural heritage that is shared in these capacity narratives: “For it was the daily practice of my father, morning and evening, to attend, in his family; to the worship of God”
Looking back to the 1500s, the English had been situating settlements in Ireland and used a familiar model in the New World. The early years of Jamestown were difficult for the settlers. The land was hot, humid, and mosquito-infested, and the settlers were mostly aristocrats and artisans that spent much of their time searching for gold. Those who didn’t die on the trip, died once they arrived from diseases and starvation. In 1607, about 3 ships-each holding more than 100 English passengers, arrived on the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia.
Although all the colonists all came from England, the community development, purpose, and societal make-up caused a distinct difference between two distinct societies in New England and the Chesapeake region. The distinctions were obvious, whether it be the volume of religious drive, the need or lack of community, families versus single settlers, the decision on minimal wage, whether or not articles of agreements were drawn for and titles as well as other social matters were drawn, as well as where loyalties lay in leaders. New England was, overall, more religious than the Chesapeake region. Settlers in New England were searching relief for religious persecution in Europe. Puritans, Quakers, and Catholics were coming in droves to America searching for an opportunity to have religious freedom.
Speaker: The speaker of this sermon is John Winthrop. Winthrop was a wealthy male Englishmen, lawyer, and Puritan who ventured towards the New World. I’m assuming this writing would be religiously bias, due to his beliefs in the Puritan faith. With the previous knowledge of him being a first-generation colonist; he’s presumably coaxing the colonist to become prosperous in the New World.
Part one consists of chapters one through seven describing the Pilgrim’s voyage to America and the building of their community as well as the formation of a long relationship with the local Pokanokets and their leader, Massasoit. Part two details of new faces coming to the colony from England meaning more mouths to feed, adding to their problems was the threat of the Narragansetts, enemies of the Pokanokets. As a result the men of Plymouth colony constructed an eight foot wall around the settlement. Following the death of Squanto, Standish killed two sachems, Wituwamat and Pecksuot, disrupting the balance of power in the area in favor of the Pokanokets, and after Massasoit recovered from his sickness with the help of Winslow. The Plymouth-Pokanoket alliance was stronger than ever.
At the time Bradford was in charge of giving plots of land and assigning it to the pilgrims. On the first winter that the Pilgrims had many of them died including the first governor of Plymouth and with the death of the governor the pilgrims wanted Bradford to become the next governor( Christensen). In the responsibility that Bradford already had he decided to add more to his list of things to do. When Bradford was governor he kept peace between the pilgrims and the Native American group Wampanoags so that there wouldn’t be any trouble between them. Than nearing the end of his life Bradford told the people around him that he was going to pass and go on soon and to the surprise to them he was correct and died the following day on May 9, 1657 at the ripe age of sixty-eight (Johnson) and was buried at Plymouth Burial Hill (Christensen).