Highly detailed, thorough, if academic new look at the Mayflower Pilgrims before they were the Pilgrims. Based on research in archives primarily in England, but also in Europe, and America. Puritan ideas seem to have sprouted first in Yorkshire, judging by where the earliest Pilgrim leaders themselves came from, and the extensive connections between them. Yet they couldn't have gone to New England had it not been for a section of London where Puritanism was also strong, and where Puritans with money began to support their cause. This is a very long book, full of details, engrossing. I'll leave with just one. The Mayflower experiment had to have some kind of export to send back to England and the rest of Europe in order to get the supplies it needed to support its growing population. Only when the French were drawn out of Maine, where Indians had set up transportation systems to get the beaver pelts necessary for the new craze of beaver hats to the coast, was it possible for the New Englanders to have a product to transport back to Europe that they could trade for enough supplies to keep them going. A facet of New England history I'd not considered or known about. Not for the faint hearted reader, but well worth the effort. You'll understand much better the foundations of our country.
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