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Of Plymouth Plantation
Transcript of Of Plymouth Plantation
Events in text take place between 1620-1647.
Text is Bradford's historical account of the Puritan's voyage and their arrival at Cape Cod.
He also describes the initial encounters with the Native Americans.
Marks the drafting of the Mayflower Compact.
Serves as a way of documenting the lives and experiences of the Pilgrims at the Plymouth colony
Death of man on the boat
Their first encounter with the Indians
Effect on Purpose: Bradford and his flock left England because their religion was frowned upon, so him crediting God with the Puritan's accomplishments makes them look correct in their beliefs.
"Of Plymouth Plantation" is a historical account of William Bradford's journey to, and experiences during the founding of Plymouth colony.
Of Plymouth Plantation
The pilgrim's journey to Plymouth and their survival on the colony
They credited their survival to the will and power of their god.
"gods good providence"
"according to the usual manner, many were afflicted with seasickness. And I may not omit here a special work of God's providence"
The speaker of this text is William Bradford. Bradford was an England born native who helped organize the historical journey on the Mayflower in 1620.
Got involved in the Protestant Reformation at a young age.
Joined the Puritans at some point in his life
Relocated to Holland in search of religious freedom.
Very religious, as he considers the events that occur on the journey God's will.
Squanto "was a special... sent of God."
"came half over , to smite this... grievous disease."
William Bradford's tone throughout the story is a tone of faithfulness. It is known from his repeated reference and of how he speaks about the sailors need in God to survive the voyage.
the success in their voyage "Gods, good providence"
their good harvest due to "a special providence of God"
how the men when encountering the Native Americans they were able to run with all their speed to their muskets due to the "good providence of God"
Audience: Citizenry of England, especially any potential pilgrims.
Serves as a way of showing the power of his god
"It pleased god... to smite this young man"
"by gods good providence"
"Being thus arrived at Cape Cod the 11th of November"
Quotes stating Bradford's audience include:
"I shall a little return back" - Referring to England
"We...the loyal subjects of dread Sovereign Lord King James"
"faith and honour of our King and Country"
Like others during Bradford's time he was very religious. As he believed that the everything that happened on the journey was "God's will."
"A voyage to plant the First Colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia"
"They fell with that land which is called Cape Cod"