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William Bradford

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Leah Preslicka

on 11 February 2013

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Accomplishments Leyden, Holland Yorkshire, England Sources Life Before New World • Group stayed in Leyden Holland for eleven years
• On December 10, 1613 William Bradford married Dorthy May
- John= first child born in 1618
• In 1617 group decide to move to America
- Bradford majorly aided in planning for emigration to American
• The word "Pilgrim" originates from William Bradford
• Mayflower embark for New England in September of 1620
• Reasons for coming to the New world: • Born in Yorkshire, England on March 19, 1590

• Self taught son of yeoman farmer

• At 16 joined famed Separatist church in Scrooby

• Suffered persecution in England for being a nonconformist

• In 1609 Bradford emigrated to Holland with 125 Scrooby Separatist, led by John Robinson

• Sought religious refuge in Holland - Seeking religious freedom and escaping religion wars
- Fear of not being able to make a good living in Holland
- Passion for missionary work
- Loss of community as children assimilate to Dutch culture Elected governor of Plymouth Colony in 1620
~Served as such, with the exception of five years (1633, 1634, 1636, 1638 and 1644) until shortly before his death in May 9 1567

Bradford began to compile around 1630 his two-volume novel Of Plimoth Plantation, 1620-1647
~Referred to as History of Plymouth Plantation ~One of the most important early chronicles
of the settlement of New England (until 1646)
~First published in 1856, 200 years after his death in Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society
~later by the State of Massachusetts (Boston, 1898) Legacy His rule was firm and he judged fairly over the Plymouth colony.
The prosperity of the colony was due to this.
He was peaceful:
While other colonies were conflicting with the Indians, his tact and kindness relieved the colony from those potential disputes. Proclaimed Thanksgiving
Organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the colony’s Native American allies
Included the Wampanoag chief Massasoit
Now remembered as America's "First Thanksgiving”, although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the term at the time.
Lasted three days Unique Facts William Bradford's descendants include:
Noah Webster-father of the modern Dictionary
Julia Child-an American chef, author, and television star
Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist
He taught himself Greek and came to know classical poetry and philosophy as well as contemporary religious writers http://www.history.com/topics/william-bradford
http://www.history.com/topics/pilgrims Life in New world
Helped to develop the Plymouth Colony alongside his fellow settlers

leader of the Separatist congregation

The pilgrims had a harsh first winter

Bradford helped create the colonies first legal code in 1636 while he was governing

As Governor, Bradford made Plymouth Colony a peaceful place--tolerance of religion.

Relations with the Native People:
Had peaceful and friendly relations with the Native Americans

Bradford had a good relationship with Squanto

Squanto taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn, which became an important crop, and where to fish and hunt

Bradford's guide on an expedition around Cape Cod

Bradford disapproved of the poor relations between the native people and fellow Englishman from other colonies Life Before New World Plymouth Colony
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