Monday, July 18, 2016

Puritans and Puritans

After a recent conversation, I find it necessary to once again explain that there were other Puritans than those that arrived on the Mayflower.

In 2020 we will celebrate the 1620 arrival of the Mayflower to this land. Of course, as a researcher and supporter of women, I applaud the Puritan women who made this treacherous journey, settled down in Plymouth and had many children so there are lots of descendants who will celebrate their Mayflower heritage. They were first and that is something to celebrate.

I hasten to say though, these are not the puritan women I researched and profiled in Female Adventurers. No, my women came a little later, in the 1630s, as part of the Great Migration orchestrated by John Winthrop. Many of them did not settle down. They saw as their mission spreading their puritanism across the land. Time after time, they uprooted their families and moved to start another town. I hope there will come a time when we can celebrate their sacrifices.


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    1. The Pilgrims from Plymouth were here first. The women I write about came a decade later in the Great Migration. Does this answer your question?