History Retreats Itself

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3 Responses to History Retreats Itself

  1. George Rebane says:

    Well, the Pilgrims did miss their North Virginia destination by about 400 miles. (Back in those days before accurate ship’s clocks they did ‘parallel latitude’ sailing. Finding your latitude only required having a calendar to know what day it was. The idea was to sail along a selected latitude until you arrived on the coast of your destination’s landmass, then sail up/down the coast until you arrived at your port or destination.) Arriving on 9 Nov 1620 in the wrong place didn’t make anyone happy, and attempting to follow a strange coast during a stormy approaching winter wasn’t in the cards. So, ‘WTF we’ll put down stakes right here’ was the consensus. Good find Bob.

  2. rlcrabb says:

    Yes, the Pilgrims didn’t get off to a great start, but more importantly, their arrival in 1620 heralded the beginning of the end for the native Americans of North America.

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