“Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford (1630-50)

“Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford (1630-50)

  • Showing the reasons & causes of their removal
    • After a number (11-12) years many men died or were very ill & the governors began to see it was time to do something about it
    • Maybe it was time to move?
  • They found it to be a difficult place to live like many people in the Bible & history found
    • Some people preferred to go to prison in England than to go to Holland
    • Most thought they should go where they could thrive
  • The burden of being persecuted weighed on many heavily
    • It was either fight or flight – most of them chose flight
  • Many children suffered at the sight of their parents’ persecution
    • They were also tempted into sinful behavior by all the evil that surrounded them
    • They began to leave the religion out of boredom, sin or other reasons
  • The people needed a way to keep their religion & spread it as God wanted them to
  • They eventually decided to go to America where it was practically empty
    • There were many reasons for fear & doubt but also for hope & necessity
      • It was a dangerous voyage over the sea
      • There was a possibility of famine & disease as well as many savage natives
      • Very expensive to get there. Entire family fortunes would be used to get there
        • They weren’t having success in Holland because it was too foreign to them
  • In the end, they found it was the best way to escape persecutions, to allow their religion to grow

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