journey into unknown: bradford and the pilgrim fathers
In 1620, a group of English Puritans left their Dutch refuge for the New World. Their voyage is not just a tale of a religious community going their own way. The events of those days would have a major impact upon the course of modern history, as their prototype constitution served as an example for every new nation since.
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Episode InformationFor many Americans, the journey of the Mayflower symbolizes the birth of their nation. To this day, the Pilgrim Fathers are a glorified symbol of American virtue. In search of autonomy and with the desire to preserve their cultural identity, a group of English Puritans left their Dutch refuge in 1620 to set off for the New World. That voyage is not just a tale of a religious community bravely going their own way; the events of those days would have a major impact on the course of modern history. The rules and regulations of the Mayflower Compact that the Pilgrim Fathers, religious sectarians, abided by, became the secular prototype for the constitution of the United States of America; a social contract that would serve as an example for many other national constitutions during the European age of civil society and thereafter.