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Of Plymouth Plantation

William Bradford
Of Plymouth Plantation
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The most important and influential source of information about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, this landmark account was written between 1630 and 1647.  It vividly documents the Pilgrims' adventures: their first stop in Holland, the harrowing transatlantic crossing aboard the Mayflower, the first harsh winter in the new colony, and the help from friendly Native Americans that saved their lives.  No one was better equipped to report on the affairs of the Plymouth community than William Bradford.  Revered for his patience, wisdom, and courage, Bradford was elected to the office of governor in 1621, and he continued to serve in that position for more than three decades . . . The current edition, rendered into modern English . . . remains among the most readable books from seventeenth-century America