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18 December
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The Mayflower Arrives

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Cape Cod Bay

Cape Cod Bay

The Mayflower represents a lot to many different people.  On this day, December 18, 1620, it docked for the first time at Plymouth harbor.  The group on the ship was for the most part reform-minded puritans that had tried their own church in Nottinghamshire, England, but were forced out to Netherlands, where after struggling for a few years they finally got the financial backing they needed to travel to America.

In September 1620, 102 passengers started out for Plymouth.  A brutal winter hit the new colonists that year, and 50 of the original 102 Mayflower passengers died within months.  The Mayflower and its crew left the new colony to return to England on April 5th, 1621 after a very harsh winter that took the life of half the colonist.

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11 December
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History Lovers Gift Guide 2013

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I hope you find some gems here. I really had fun looking into this. Click on the links below to learn more about each gift.  There is still plenty of time to give a great gift before Christmas!  Whoever you favorite history buff, nerd or geek is.  If you are worried you don’t have time to purchase online try Amazon Prime.  I was skeptical at first but now that we have it, I love it!

History Magazine

A magazine subscription gives all year long. This is one of the best and least expensive.

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