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The story of the Mayflower is one of adventure, courage, and destiny. The Mayflower was the ship that launched a nation. She left from England in September of 1620, carrying 102 English Separatists to a new life, one that came with the freedom to practice their religious beliefs as they saw fit. These Pilgrims had the courage of their convictions. They had already potentia The story of the Mayflower is one of adventure, courage, and destiny. The Mayflower was the ship that launched a nation. She left from England in September of 1620, carrying 102 English Separatists to a new life, one that came with the freedom to practice their religious beliefs as they saw fit. These Pilgrims had the courage of their convictions. They had already potentially faced execution for practicing their beliefs and now they were willing to uproot their lives, their families, and their homes, to sign contracts of indentured servitude for them and their children - all to find what they called freedom in a foreign land. Inside you will read about... ✓ How Religious Upheaval Shaped American Colonization ✓ The Ship that Launched a Nation’s Future ✓ The Contract and the Crossing ✓ Arrival in America ✓ Early Life in the Colonies ✓ Pilgrims and Puritans ✓ The Ideology that Shaped a Nation Their journey was one of courage and destiny as they forged ahead, crossing an ocean to settle in a harsh environment. They faced storms and dangerous adversaries to get to the New World. There, they built a life based on the values they held sacred, and those values would form the foundation of a new nation almost a century later. This eBook tells the story of their adventure in a concise yet thorough manner that is packed with historical detail and enjoyable to read.


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The story of the Mayflower is one of adventure, courage, and destiny. The Mayflower was the ship that launched a nation. She left from England in September of 1620, carrying 102 English Separatists to a new life, one that came with the freedom to practice their religious beliefs as they saw fit. These Pilgrims had the courage of their convictions. They had already potentia The story of the Mayflower is one of adventure, courage, and destiny. The Mayflower was the ship that launched a nation. She left from England in September of 1620, carrying 102 English Separatists to a new life, one that came with the freedom to practice their religious beliefs as they saw fit. These Pilgrims had the courage of their convictions. They had already potentially faced execution for practicing their beliefs and now they were willing to uproot their lives, their families, and their homes, to sign contracts of indentured servitude for them and their children - all to find what they called freedom in a foreign land. Inside you will read about... ✓ How Religious Upheaval Shaped American Colonization ✓ The Ship that Launched a Nation’s Future ✓ The Contract and the Crossing ✓ Arrival in America ✓ Early Life in the Colonies ✓ Pilgrims and Puritans ✓ The Ideology that Shaped a Nation Their journey was one of courage and destiny as they forged ahead, crossing an ocean to settle in a harsh environment. They faced storms and dangerous adversaries to get to the New World. There, they built a life based on the values they held sacred, and those values would form the foundation of a new nation almost a century later. This eBook tells the story of their adventure in a concise yet thorough manner that is packed with historical detail and enjoyable to read.

30 review for Mayflower: A History From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anirudh Parthasarathy

    This is a short summary of the events surrounding the Dutch ship, The Mayflower, famous for carrying around 100 pilgrims from England to the New World on a very dangerous journey across the Atlantic. The book started well, explaining the various conflicting views within Christianity, how the pilgrims differed in their views and their desire to remain English but be able to practice their religion without the threat of heresy. The book then talks about the Mayflower ship, the survivors of then jo This is a short summary of the events surrounding the Dutch ship, The Mayflower, famous for carrying around 100 pilgrims from England to the New World on a very dangerous journey across the Atlantic. The book started well, explaining the various conflicting views within Christianity, how the pilgrims differed in their views and their desire to remain English but be able to practice their religion without the threat of heresy. The book then talks about the Mayflower ship, the survivors of then journey, the establishment of the colony in the New World, the eventual conflict with the natives and touched upon the formation of the United States of America in the conclusion. I felt the book had a right mix of focus on the various events, and to be honest, I had very little knowledge on the whole episode before reading this book. The book went step by step in a proper manner, explaining who are the pilgrims, why they demanded a separate state and what were their beliefs. The book then talked about the conditions in the ship and the eventual lifestyle in the New World. So, I felt this book was really good in its content and coverage and could easily help you understand the events surrounding The Mayflower voyage. However, I felt that the title was a bit of a misnomer, the book focused very little on the actual voyage in itself and focused on the events before and after the voyage. Despite the fact that this journey is considered one of the most iconic moments in American history, I would have preferred it if there was a little more about the voyage in itself. Based on what I have stated, I would award the book a rating of four on five.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Star Gater

    On the backs of The author states the Mayflower is an adventure, courageous and destiny at what price? Once again in US History, others are used, enslaved and stolen from in the name of success.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michele Amitrani

    I was completely ignorant about the story of the Mayflower and the Separatists it brought from Europe to the (then not yet) United States, but this short and easy to read book filled the hole. This is a well written account of the journey of the Mayflower and of the years immediately following the establishment of the first colony of English people in New England. The book made me want to read more about the story of the Pilgrims and the struggle they had to face and overcome in order to form the I was completely ignorant about the story of the Mayflower and the Separatists it brought from Europe to the (then not yet) United States, but this short and easy to read book filled the hole. This is a well written account of the journey of the Mayflower and of the years immediately following the establishment of the first colony of English people in New England. The book made me want to read more about the story of the Pilgrims and the struggle they had to face and overcome in order to form the inception of what will then be a world superpower. Suggested to history's aficionados and to people interested in the subject discussed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Mews

    This book is one of a series of Hourly Histories and was a quick and easy read about the first colonists to arrive in America in 1620. Although it was well written, I was disappointed with the level of detail - I would have loved to know more about the individual people. Their names are listed, but little else about them is added. The pilgrims struggled to survive and many did not make it through the first harsh winter. These people became the basis for the establishment of the American nation. This book is one of a series of Hourly Histories and was a quick and easy read about the first colonists to arrive in America in 1620. Although it was well written, I was disappointed with the level of detail - I would have loved to know more about the individual people. Their names are listed, but little else about them is added. The pilgrims struggled to survive and many did not make it through the first harsh winter. These people became the basis for the establishment of the American nation. Less than an hour's read left me wanting more. A few apposite illustrations would have helped to bring the material to life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Jares

    During the course of this book, the author discussed Puritans vs. Pilgrims. I'd like to go a step further.  The Puritans never really left the Church of England.  They were Separatists in the sense that they wanted to reform the Church of England and get rid of the Catholic Church rituals and statuary.  Because they remained within the bounds of the Church of England, they did not have to 'give up' their homes to move (to Holland, as the Pilgrims did) for religious freedom. The Pilgrims, on the o During the course of this book, the author discussed Puritans vs. Pilgrims. I'd like to go a step further.  The Puritans never really left the Church of England.  They were Separatists in the sense that they wanted to reform the Church of England and get rid of the Catholic Church rituals and statuary.  Because they remained within the bounds of the Church of England, they did not have to 'give up' their homes to move (to Holland, as the Pilgrims did) for religious freedom. The Pilgrims, on the other hand, protested against the Catholic Church and the Church of England.  They moved to Holland because of their beliefs and were poorer people than the Puritans (who didn't need to move to a foreign land).  Thus, by the time the Pilgrims left Holland, they had no choice but to sign letters of servitude (for 7 years) in order to earn the fare to America. No matter how we slice it, leaving the known world for new, untried land was certainly a test of fortitude and grit.  To move with so few resources was an act of bravery or ignorance, depending on your thoughts in hindsight.  To make such overwhelming changes in one's life over one's religion is a testament to their faith in what they were doing and the power of their faith in God.  When the reader thinks about it, how many of us would do what the Pilgrims did?  Not many, I suspect. I thought this would be a nice review of the Mayflower story.  Instead, I found new things I didn't know (there were 27 ships called the Mayflower afloat at the time of 'our' Mayflower).  I was delighted to see the names of all those who traveled on the Mayflower.  Great reading.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Goddess of Chaos

    Wonderful recap of Mayflower and Plymouth Plantation founding If you are liking for a nice recap of the history you recall learning in school, but know you've forgotten so e if the details from, I recommend this. I enjoyed the writing style / presentation of facts - informative, interesting, never talked down to me... and appreciated the way context was given (Luther, and the Protestant Reformation, lest we forget why some were dealing with religious persecution) Early on a deceptively simple ques Wonderful recap of Mayflower and Plymouth Plantation founding If you are liking for a nice recap of the history you recall learning in school, but know you've forgotten so e if the details from, I recommend this. I enjoyed the writing style / presentation of facts - informative, interesting, never talked down to me... and appreciated the way context was given (Luther, and the Protestant Reformation, lest we forget why some were dealing with religious persecution) Early on a deceptively simple question is posed : What would cause people to uproot their lives, their families, and their homes, to leave the known with all the comfort that provides, in order to face untold dangers on a perilous journey to a strange land that may never yield what they are seeking? A better life,... This booklet explores who took a chance on creating that better life, and how they went about it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Young Kim

    The readers will learn more about the history of religious division before learning the core value and philosophy of the foundation of the United States of America, set by the Pilgrims of Mayflower. The book also tells details about the famous ship Mayflower along with the difference between the terms of Pilgrims and Puritans. This one’s the first Hourly History book with Bibliography I’ve ever read, making the book’s abundant information more reliable. Plus the author’s point is quite balanced.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patsy

    This is a short story about the 102 English people that braved the journey on the Mayflower Ship in September 1620, just before the cold hard winter hit. These people left everything behind their families, friends, and homes. They packed a few belongings in a trunk for freedom in a foreign land to worship and live together as a group, not knowing what was ahead of them. This is an outstanding review of true facts describing the ship, the journey and the perils of life after arriving on our soil i This is a short story about the 102 English people that braved the journey on the Mayflower Ship in September 1620, just before the cold hard winter hit. These people left everything behind their families, friends, and homes. They packed a few belongings in a trunk for freedom in a foreign land to worship and live together as a group, not knowing what was ahead of them. This is an outstanding review of true facts describing the ship, the journey and the perils of life after arriving on our soil in America. This is a fast interesting overview of our very beginnings.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    It is hard to imagine how difficult this crossing must have been considering the cramped quarters, the storms they encountered, no privacy, no bathroom facilities, food in short supply, no heat or air conditioning. And then to finally arrive at their destination in the wintertime and sickness was taking its toll, reducing the original 102 persons to 53. I have a better understanding now of the differences between Pilgrims and Puritans - I used to think they were interchangeable but now I underst It is hard to imagine how difficult this crossing must have been considering the cramped quarters, the storms they encountered, no privacy, no bathroom facilities, food in short supply, no heat or air conditioning. And then to finally arrive at their destination in the wintertime and sickness was taking its toll, reducing the original 102 persons to 53. I have a better understanding now of the differences between Pilgrims and Puritans - I used to think they were interchangeable but now I understand they were two different groups.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeramie J Curtice

    A well written account Not only does this story include the details of the early pilgrimage into the US mainland, but includes alternative accounts of the story of Thanksgiving. Many wish to believe the romanticism of the classical Thanksgiving summary, but it may not be the true or the only explanation. Times were desperate in the 1600s and it's logical to understand the measures that were taken in pursuit of freedom from an oppressive motherland and trespass into a new land that the Native Ame A well written account Not only does this story include the details of the early pilgrimage into the US mainland, but includes alternative accounts of the story of Thanksgiving. Many wish to believe the romanticism of the classical Thanksgiving summary, but it may not be the true or the only explanation. Times were desperate in the 1600s and it's logical to understand the measures that were taken in pursuit of freedom from an oppressive motherland and trespass into a new land that the Native Americans already resided for thousands of years.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ernest Godfrey

    Clear consise A bit dry in that it is what it is a historical narration of the facts as presented. That said some of those facts are quite fascinating and understanding the background to the reasons for the migration in the first place us important. Personally I like a good yarn with action and in this case it was not to be but the true historical facts were most of the time sufficient

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This is a very short book, but it did cover the the facts. It explained that the reason over a hundred people decided to leave Britain and go to the New World, was because of their religious beliefs. These people were pilgrims not puritans as is often assumed. It explains why out of the 102 who took this journey, only survived in the end. It goes on the describe the settlement of the group and how they may indeed, have made themselves part of the American part of the constitution.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bennjamin

    Short, concise story of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. Good short explanation about the difference between English Separatists and the Puritans who came later. Enjoyed the concise nature of it and the explanation of the effects of Europeans on native populations and way of life. One thing that we forget is that while they sought religious freedom, they were directly impacting and curtailing the freedom of the native

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ray

    This is a good book to get a taste of what the people on the Mayflower faced. This book gives the main reason that the Pilgrims left England for the new World. It also showed the hardships they faced on their arrival. It is a short book, so I plan on finding another book to get more of the details.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Runyon

    A quick and brief overview of the history leading up to the Mayflower's departure for America and continuing through to the establishment of the colony. It also briefly touches on the effects of the settlers on Native tribes. A great review for us as we studied this time period and event this year in school. A quick and brief overview of the history leading up to the Mayflower's departure for America and continuing through to the establishment of the colony. It also briefly touches on the effects of the settlers on Native tribes. A great review for us as we studied this time period and event this year in school.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ed Barton

    Decent Overview A look from the Reformation through the Puritans - with the focus being the Pilgrims, the Mayflower and Plymouth. As with most of these books in the series, there’s a lot of top level picture painting but little opportunity to dig into detail. A good overview of the times and events.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    Not many in India are as conversant with the American history as they are with the British or European history. This books provides some fascinating insights into the early British settlements in the "New World". It also brings forth the finer points about the difference within the Christian world that led to the migration of people from England to settle across the Atlantic. Not many in India are as conversant with the American history as they are with the British or European history. This books provides some fascinating insights into the early British settlements in the "New World". It also brings forth the finer points about the difference within the Christian world that led to the migration of people from England to settle across the Atlantic.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robin Quine

    A short but fascinating read. A thorough explanation of religious struggles from the time of Henry VIII onwards leads into the story of the Pilgrim Father’s and their costly venture (in terms of lives lost) to establish a settlement in Cape Cod. There are many hints as to the significance of this venture for the events that led up to American Independence.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shamsher Singh

    Yet another inspiring tale. This book takes the reader back into time, whooshing past 4 centuries, a time where the newly constituted sect of protestant Christians embarked upon the gruesome sojourn to American hinterlands, onboard the ship "Mayflower" and how this herculean step changed the ethno-political equation of the world ! Yet another inspiring tale. This book takes the reader back into time, whooshing past 4 centuries, a time where the newly constituted sect of protestant Christians embarked upon the gruesome sojourn to American hinterlands, onboard the ship "Mayflower" and how this herculean step changed the ethno-political equation of the world !

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angi

    a good informatic read for people who doesn't really know about the Mayflower (like me. German History sessions in school do not include them) even though I would have liked to read more about the actual voyage of the pilgrims. a good informatic read for people who doesn't really know about the Mayflower (like me. German History sessions in school do not include them) even though I would have liked to read more about the actual voyage of the pilgrims.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Doris J

    Good Read This was a summary of the Mayflower story that covered the facts well. The brave people who lived this history are true heroes. I really appreciate this synopsis as it tells an important story for us all. A little more commentary on Native Americans than necessary.

  22. 4 out of 5

    lynn

    Easy informative Junior high kids should read it for history learned about the creation of America. This books tells a story of human strength.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Barnes

    I loved This book has relevance for both myself and my family as we're descended from Sarah Eaton. I would encourage you to Read this as a Supplement to American Education. I loved This book has relevance for both myself and my family as we're descended from Sarah Eaton. I would encourage you to Read this as a Supplement to American Education.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    A nice easy to read summary of the Pilgrims.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Terri Thetford

    Great History Lesson I learned a lot about the political times and reasons why the colonists came to America. Very informative a d easy to understand.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Broadwater

    I enjoyed the book. It was short and to the point. But had alot of wonderful facts and I like how they related to how the country was built. This is a good book for any history buff.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lila

    There is so much repetition in this book. Is it really necessary to restate facts three or four times? Overall, the book is ponderous. Hourly History needs to do some serious editing.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pam McCallister

    Great book

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Fuentes

    Informative Informative and insightful information about the founding of America. This is a great series of short books for a quick history lesson.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Butterfly2507

    I love these "Hourly History" ebooks because you get the basics and it's a quick read. Very interesting as well! Can highly recommend! I love these "Hourly History" ebooks because you get the basics and it's a quick read. Very interesting as well! Can highly recommend!

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