Massachusetts Genealogy| Plymouth, Massachusetts was the sight of the second English settlement in North America. English colonists founded many of the early towns during the 1620s and 1630s. It was in the 18th century that the port city of Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the agitation there that led to the American Revolutionary War of the 1770s.
Just south of the city Plimoth Plantation beckons and brings history to life. Visitors can journey to the Wampanog Homesite where Native people thrived for over 12,000 years and where the 102 English colonists, "Pilgrims" landed in 1620. No visit is complete until you climb onboard and go ‘tween decks of the full-scale replica of the Mayflower II.
Get a FREE copy of “The Mayflower Compact”. The Mayflower Compact, signed by 41 English colonists on the ship Mayflower on November 11, 1620, was the first written framework of government established in what is now the United States. The compact remained in effect until Plymouth was incorporated into the short-lived Dominion of New England in 1686 and subsequently absorbed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691.
Some unknown facts about the pilgrims and their Mayflower voyage: (1) Not all of the Mayflower's passengers were motivated by religion. (2) They didn’t land in Plymouth first. (3) Some of the passengers had been to America before. (4) The Pilgrims were relatively tolerant of other religious beliefs. (5) The Pilgrims didn’t name Plymouth, Massachusetts, for Plymouth, England.