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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Myths of American history are often idealized caricatures of reality, and a great example of distorted history is the first Thanksgiving dinner celebrated by pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621. The picture of a clean white tablecloth over a long table filled with a cornucopia or two and an abundance of all types of food being eaten on clean plates with silverware is simply not true. The pilgrims actually used their hands to eat the deer, ducks, geese and stews that comprised the famous dinner shared with peaceful Native Americans.
Philbrick, the acclaimed author of In the Heart of the Sea, sets the story straight on many popular, but false, depictions of the real pilgrims. After fleeing England, and subsequently Holland, for religious purposes, the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and immediately infuriated the local natives by stealing their food and belongings!
In addition to describing life on board the Mayflower, this book covers the history of the Plymouth Colony from 1621 through King Phillip's War with the Native Americans in the 1670's that claimed thousands of lives and eventually shaped modern Massachusetts. Relive the brutal reality of the 17th Century New World in this fast paced interpretation of American history.

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