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Mayflower:The Voyage from Hell (Kindle…

Mayflower:The Voyage from Hell (Kindle Single)

by Kevin Jackson

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Well-written and interesting historical background on an important part of our country's and my family's history. ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
This was a short but interesting read. I'm not American, so have never been subjected to American history at school aside from the very basics of 'settlement', revolution, Civil War, WWI, WWII and Vietnam. Consequently, I enjoyed this book because it held new information for me, particularly on the conditions of the crossing. I never realised the Mayflower was so small and squalid. This book is short but insightful. It also made me reflect on Native American attitudes to the new arrivals. Whilst some may have seen it as an opportunity for trade, I cant help but think it was as much of an invasion as anything else, and how different history may have been if it was treated as such. ( )
  KatiaMDavis | Dec 19, 2017 |
This short book covers the background and experiences of the small band of settlers in America now known as the Pilgrim Fathers (though this term did not acquire wide currency for another two centuries). They were from widely different backgrounds, some genuinely fleeing persecution, while others sought the adventures of building a life in the New World for their own sake. Setting off on a two month journey in a leaky tub at the wrong time of year seems very unwise, though only one person died en route; that said, the illnesses of the winter they faced soon after their arrival at that wrong time claimed far more, a substantial proportion of the total number of colonists. They were a determined bunch and, when the Mayflower returned to England in the spring, none of the settlers opted to return with it. They built a community and were very tolerant of and built good relations with the American Indians, unlike many later generations of settlers. A fascinating story for me as a British reader, being less familiar with the details of these events than an American reader would be. ( )
  john257hopper | Jul 18, 2015 |
Couldn't put this one down, the stories of the what the people that sailed on this vessel are amazing what they endured, even the process of getting on it are very interesting. Everyone should read this book, especially if they have never read anything about the voyage and what happened after they arrived in the New World. ( )
  Grandy | Jan 10, 2014 |
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