Plimoth Plantation and National Geographic now tell the true story behind the voyage of the Mayflower—offering kids a compelling account that’s quite different from the story traditionally told. Vibrant photos of a historic reenactment plus informative text based on rigorous research and primary sources reveal new details about what the ship’s passengers wore, ate, hoped, dreamed, did to pass the long hours during the voyage, and faced after landing in the place they called Plymouth. Readers may be surprised to learn that these seafarers didn’t call themselves Pilgrims—that name was applied to them centuries later. And while about half the passengers indeed were seeking religious freedom, many others were far more interested in seeking new fortunes. Here’s a great book for showing kids that a true understanding of the past often requires looking closer at what we think we know!
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