This author is pleased to be descended from both Myles Standish and John Alden both Mayflower passengers neither of who were members of the religious congregation that was originally responsible for coining the word pilgrim.
Todays post is by Ronald D. Southard, CEO at SafeSourcing Inc.
According to the Mayflower Society, as history has evolved, any of the 102 Mayflower passengers who arrived in Plymouth on the Mayflower and survived the initial hardships is now considered a Pilgrim with no distinction being made on the basis of their original purposes for making the voyage.
The Mayflower Pilgrims and their fellow travelers were authors of the first true governing document created in a New World colony. The Mayflower Compact is considered to have set the stage for the Constitution of the United States.
These were the same pilgrims that were responsible for the holiday we celebrate today called Thanksgiving.
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