MAKING HASTE FROM BABYLON: The Mayflower Pilgrims


MAKING HASTE FROM BABYLON: The Mayflower Pilgrims

NICK BUNKER    Book Number: 82503    Product format: Paperback

The story of the Pilgrim Fathers has been told many times, but historian Nick Bunker has asked some new questions, notably why it was that the Fathers achieved that all-important economic success with their new colony. He investigates in meticulous detail what led a group of Nottinghamshire farmers and minor gentry to form their own Puritan sect, the Separatists, who defied English law and split from the established church. They first settled in Leiden in their search for religious freedom and then, following a struggle between Calvinism and the more inclusive Arminianism, finally made the voyage to the New World in order to preserve their identity and also to improve their economic position. William Brewster and John Robinson took around 100 Separatists to Leiden, including the Pilgrims' historian, William Bradford, whose testimony is the basis for later historians. Central to the enterprise, as the author shows, was the trade in beaver fur, which the Pilgrims exported back to England at high prices. The manager of the fur business in Maine, John Howland, slipped and fell overboard on the voyage out, saving himself by grabbing a trailing rope, to be hauled back before his muscles froze. Howland and his wife subsequently had long lives and founded a lineage that was possibly greater than that of any other Pilgrims. Bunker tells the story in amazing detail. 490pp, paperback, black and white reproductions.
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