Bradford and the other Puritans feel that the new land of Plymouth is a divine right; it is the Promised Land given to them as a new covenant with God. Of course, there are many sermons and texts that can be used to further study this Puritan typology; but the scope of this essay is too brief to go into them. So much so that it seems sadistically comical in Of Plymouth Plantation. After the Pilgrims voyage, there is a series of strange events that now most people may construe as illogical and cruel.
He helped write and also signed the Mayflower Compact when the ship arrived in Cape Cod. Bradford was the designated governor of Plymouth from toexcept for five years as the Govenor's Assistant. The following excerpts are from his text Of Plymouth Plantation, which recounts the history of the colony from Questions for Religious Beliefs What did the Reformers believe in?
What do the Pilgrims Reformers see as the problem with the Church of England?
It was granted ye dangers were great, but not desperate; the difficulties were many, but not invincible. Yea, though they should loose their lives in this action, yet might they have comforte in the same, and their endeavors would be honourable. But hear I cannot but stay and make a pause, and stand half amased at this poore peoples presente condition; and so I thinke will the reader too, when he well considered ye same.
Being thus passed ye vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before in their preparation as may be remembred by yt which wente beforethey had now no friends to wellcome them, nor inns to entertaine or refresh their weatherbeaten bodys, no houses or much less townes to repaire too, to seeke for succoure.
Our faithers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this willdernes; but they cried unto ye Lord, and he heard their voyce, and looked on their adversitie… Questions for Arriving Safely at Cape Cod What attitude did the Pilgrims have toward their arrival in Cape Cod?
Coppin who had bine in ye cuntrie before did assure them was a good harbor, which he had been in, and they might fetch it before night; of which they were glad, for it begane to be foule weather. But a lusty seaman which steered, bad those which rowed, if they were men, about with her, or ells they were all cast away; the which they did with speed.
And though it was very darke, and rained sore, yet in ye end they gott under ye lee of a smale iland, and remained ther all yt night in saftie. And this being the last day of ye weeke, they prepared there to keepe ye Sabath.
So they returned to their shipp againe with this news to ye rest of their people, which did much comforte their harts. How did the Pilgrims react to hearing about Plymouth? Meeting Squanto, the Native American Who Spoke English All this while the Indians came skulking about them, and would sometimes show themselves aloof off, but when any approached near them, they would run away; and once they stole away their tools where they had been at work and were gone to dinner.
But about the 16th of March, a certain Indian came boldly amongst them and spoke to them in broken English, which they could well understand but marveled at it. At length they understood by discourse with him, that he was not of these parts, but belonged to the eastern parts where some English ships came to fish, with whom he was acquainted and could name sundry of them by their names, amongst whom he had got his language.
He became profitable to them in acquainting them with many things concerning the state of the country in the east parts where he lived, which was afterwards profitable unto them; as also of the people here, of their names, number and strength, of their situation and distance from this place, and who was chief amongst them.
His name was Samoset. He told them also of another Indian whose name was Sguanto, a native of this place, who had been in England and could speak better English than himself.
Being after some time of entertainment and gifts dismissed, a while after he came again, and five more with him, and they brought again all the tools that were stolen away before, and made way for the coming of their great Sachem, called Massasoit.
Who, about four or five days after, came with the chief of his friends and other attendance, with the aforesaid Squanto. With whom, after friendly entertainment and some gifts given him, they made a peace with him which hath now continued this 24 years in these terms: That neither he nor any of his should injure or do hurt to any of their people.
That if any of his did hurt to any of theirs, he should send the offender, that they might punish him. That if anything were taken away from any of theirs, he should cause it to be restored; and they should do the like to his. If any did unjustly war against him, they would aid him; if any did war against them, he should aid them.
He should send to his neighbors confederates to certify them of this, that they might not wrong them, but might be likewise comprised in the conditions of peace.
That when their men came to them, they should leave their bows and arrows behind them. After these things he returned to his place called Sowams, some 40 miles from this place, but Squanto continued with them and was their interpreter and was a special instrument sent of God for their good beyond their expectation.
He directed them how to set their corn, where to take fish, and to procure other commodities, and was also their pilot to bring them to unknown places for their profit, and never left them till he died. He was a native of this place, and scarce any left alive besides himself.
He we carried away with divers others by one Hunt, a master of a ship, who thought to sell them for slaves in Spain. But he got away for England and was entertained by a merchant in London, and employed to Newfoundland and other parts, and lastly brought hither into these parts by one Mr.
Dermer, a gentleman employed by Sir Ferdinando Gorges and others for discovery and other designs in these parts. Why did the Pilgrims owe Squanto gratitude? And of these in ye time of most distres, ther was but 6.79 The Puritan Origins of Black Abolitionism in Massachusetts Christopher Cameron Abstract: On the eve of the American Revolution in Massachusetts, African Americans formed the nation s first antislavery committee and helped put slavery on the road to extinction by Mel Bradford’s way of proceeding was an answer to the eternal problem of the traditionalist: How does one defend the given without entering into the revolutionary enemy’s realm of ideology?
At one period Bradford engaged in politics. William Bradford, pp. top of (to First Thanksgiving) 1. In Chapter IV, Bradford refers to America as a "vast and unpeopled" country, but his subsequent account of the Plymouth settlement attest to the fact that the land was far from uninhabited.
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