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In September 1620, a merchant ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, a port on the southern coast of England. Typically, the Mayflower’s cargo was wine and dry goods, but on this trip the ship carried passengers: 102 of them, all hoping to start a new life on the other side of the Atlantic. Nearly 40 of these passengers were Protestant Separatists–they called themselves “Saints”–who hoped to establish a new church in the New World. Today, we often refer to the colonists who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower as “Pilgrims.”In 1608, a congregation of disgruntled English Protestants from the village of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, left England and moved to Leyden, a town in Holland. These “Separatists” did not want to pledge allegiance to the Church of England, which they believed was nearly as corrupt and idolatrous as the Catholic Church it had replaced, any longer. (They were not the same as the Puritans, who had many of the same objections to the English church but wanted to reform it from within.) The Separatists hoped that in Holland, they would be free to worship as they liked
So @grabill do you know why we call them pilgrims?
@DarrenMadx yes of course, ive had that drilled into my head every year of freaking school -_- why?
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i was just curious. if you don't mid, could you tell? i really don't have a clue why they were called pilgrims
oh well actually being called a 'pilgrim' doesn't mean exactly just them, religious groups going on a long journey to a new place, or even taking a large trip is called a "pilgrimage" so if you are a religious person in a group or by yourself...and go to leave for a place far away or go on a trip you are called a pilgrim.
back then at least...now were just tourists when we go places...