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Live Online: Discover Historic New England-1620, the first year of contact

Tuesday November 17, 2020
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM


painting of Pilgrims first landing

In this program, we recall the first year of European existence in North America. The pilgrims came seeking religious freedom and found an untamed inhospitable wilderness fraught with innumerable dangers. They struggled with disease and death and survived through the grace of God and with the help of the "People of the Dawn" - the Wampanoag Nation. This program will be presented by historian Christopher Daley.

Daley will examine the difficult voyage over the Atlantic and the decision to land on Cape Cod rather than the intended destination; near the Hudson River. A visual overview will be given of the three explorations of the Cape made by the pilgrims in which satellite imagery is compared with 19th-century maps of the land explorations that were based on first-hand accounts. Additionally, their "first encounter" with the Nauset people will be chronicled, followed by a discussion on the reasons why Plymouth (Patuxet) was the eventual choice for settlement. (A booklet will be made available to the audience with directions to the locations and sites should they want to explore themselves.) The talk will continue with a look at the beginnings of Plymouth Colony and the original aboriginal inhabitants of Patuxet (and the horrific plague of 1618). The talk concludes with a recounting of the early, scant encounters with the Wampanoag people, the appearance of Samoset, followed by a description of the arrival of Massasoit and his retinue in March of 1620/21 and the treaty he forged with the people of Plymouth.

Join us on Zoom (meeting ID 869 0666 6989). We recommend using the free Zoom app. You can call (646) 558-8656 and use the same meeting ID to listen to the audio. You may also view the program live on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page.  If you're new to Zoom, we recommend you install it and try it out beforehand (more than a few minutes before the program). If you're having trouble with it, ask us for help during our Help Desk hours.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Crane Public Library


Location: Online - Zoom
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