In fact, of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower, only about 40 were fleeing England for religious reasons.
The Reformation brought sweeping changes across Europe. In England, that led to the formation of a small congregation of radicals known as the Separatists. These were ordinary farmers and craftsmen who simply didn’t believe in the Anglican Church, and they found themselves hounded out of their own country like criminals.
So began their quest to find a new home—a home where they could be safe and free. A home where they could raise their children in peace. A home where they could practice their beliefs without fear of persecution. But in order to make that happen, the Pilgrims had to face many insurmountable obstacles.
The story of the Pilgrims is one of unimaginable odds. Somehow, they had to finance their voyage and then survive it. Finally, they would have to establish a colony in uncharted territory and find a way to make peace with its inhabitants, who were by no means happy to have their homes invaded.
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