How, you are sure to ask yourself, was it possible for 102 people—even small ones, even devout Puritans—to fit themselves and all their baggage for a two-month sea voyage and the setting up a new town into the tiny rooms and onto the tiny decks of this little ship?
(Part of the reason is that the Mayflower’s companion ship, the mis-named Speedwell, proved unseaworthy, and all of its passengers had to be squeezed onto the Mayflower as well.)
And how could they stay on this little ship for two months?
The only answer that comes to mind is “by courage and dedication,” and it’s for that the Pilgrims are admired and remembered.
The fact that the Pilgrims suffered to get to America will be brought home more forcefully when you tour the Mayflower II, a replica of the original ship built in England in 1955 and sailed across the Atlantic to Plymouth in 1957.
Mayflower II, an exhibit of Plimoth Plantation, is only a few steps north of Plymouth Rock (which is three miles north of Plimoth Plantation itself). The admission fee for the Mayflower II includes free parking, a visit to the ship, an audiovisual show at the theater, and indoor exhibits on Puritanism and early Pilgrim life. If you plan to visit both Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II,
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