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The Real Pilgrim Story

Puzzle # 3

Past Relations

The Indians and English had known about each other for almost a hundred years by the time the Pilgrims landed.

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Real History Of The Pilgrims

Most Americans are familar with the story of the Pilgrims. But there's a lot more to the early settlement of the Americas that we are taught in that story.

Join us as we dig into the details of the story and see the human elements. Diplomacy, Strategy, Luck, Incompetence, and Power Plays shape the English entrance into the New World. We present a series of multi-word jumble puzzles - each puzzle focuses on a key element of the story. Each puzzle comes with a description about the people, places, and trends at work.

Solving This Puzzle

Unscramble the words and see the full answer to the question. You can drag and drop the letters into the correct order using your mouse or touchscreen device. If you get a letter in the correct position, it will show green - letters in the wrong position will display as red. We provide additional hints below as we discuss the circumstances and historical evidence about that particular participant or situation. If you get stuck, just try dragging a few letters around until you see a green letter - that will help you get started unscrambling the word.

Spoilers (Puzzle Context)

The Pilgrims were not the first Europeans in the area. There had been almost a century of exploration, fishing, and attempts at settlement and trade by other Europeans. The area had been mapped and explored - many of the sites which the Pilgrims landed at were already included on European maps of the area.

The future site of the Pilgrim's first settlement was originally named "Accomack" by Smith. In consultation with Prince Charles, son of King James, Smith changed "Accomack" to New Plymouth. A map published in his 1616 work A Description of New England clearly shows the site of the future Pilgrim settlement named "New Plimouth.

Unfortunately, not all of these meetings were good experiences for the Native Americans. Sometimes the Europeans came to trade. Other Europeans were less nice, raiding rather than trading. One incident near Plymouth, about six years before, involved an English captain (Thomas Hunt) kidnapping a group of natives and attempting to sell them into slavery in Spain. This enraged the local tribes, who were hostile and distrusting of future European visitors.

The Pilgrims didn't handle themselves particularly well either at their first landing, at Provincetown. Short on supplies, they sent landing parties ashore to look for food. Unfortunately, they found an easy source of food - in the form of baskets of corn which the local tribes had set out as part to help honor their dead. Starving and unaware of the issues, the Pilgrims took the corn. Things came to a head several weeks later during the "First Encounter", when local warriors attacked a landing party. After this, the Pilgrims decided to relocate to another area.

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