Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

From the archives: Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick is an excellent account of early settlers and their arrival on the Mayflower, the bleak years of trying to survive and the settlers’ complex relationships with Native Americans, the trades they made and the many warring factions. A fascinating and very readable history book!

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Nathaniel Philbrick

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Do you think you know all about the Mayflower? Check out Nathaniel Philbrick’s comprehensive and scholarly account that begins with Mayflower’s voyagein 1620 and ends with the conclusion of King Philip’s War in 1676. These 102 Separatists and Non-Separatists struggled to survive when they arrived in Plymouth and did anything they could to keep from starving or freezing to death. Made up of printers and weavers and other tradesmen, women and children, they were woefully unprepared for the desperate conditions that killed nearly half of them in the first year.

I think Philbrick’s goal in this book is to dispel the comfortable myth of the harmonious relationship between settlers and native Americans, happily sitting at a Thanksgiving table. He tells a much more complicated story of the knotty relationships between the original settlers and their neighboring Indian tribes, who had their own dynamics…

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4 thoughts on “Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

  1. I stumbled on this book at a yard sale, without knowing anything about it. So glad I picked it up – I was pleasantly surprised by Philbrick’s writing and the depth of his content. I agree – a good read for an important perspective on history!

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