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1.03 William Bradford
Pirates in Plymouth

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Who was William Bradford? Most historians would agree he was one of the most important leaders in early Colonial America. Additionally, his writings have survived and now provide us with a glimpse into daily life in the Colonies. Certainly, Colonial Americans' lives were anything but peaceful, as Bradford has described in his journal, "Of Plymouth Plantation." In this lesson, you will read Bradford's account of Pirate Thomas Cromwell and his crew as they anchored off the coast of Plymouth.

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As you read about William Bradford's life and the excerpt from "Of Plymouth Plantation" in the Investigate portion of this lesson, make sure to answer the following questions. You will be using them to complete the assignment for this lesson.
  1. In complete sentence format, list three specific details you learned about William Bradford from this reading.

  2. In two sentences, explain why you think Bradford is significant in American history.

  3. What personal tragedy occurred while the Mayflower was anchored off Province town Harbor? (Remember, use complete sentences please.)
Find out
  • why the colonists came over on the Mayflower.
  • who had a very active role in running an entire colony.
  • what unexpected visitors came to wreak havoc on these new settlers.
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