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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Books and Pilgrims

According to the Pilgrims brought very little with them on their journey to the New World but the necessities of life. From written accounts it’s known they had Holland cheese, dried beef, salt port, hard tack, wheat, peas, oil, butter, two dogs (for hunting) and possibly chickens or pigs. The written accounts also say, however, that “some passengers brought a good number of books …” According to the Pilgrim’s Hall Museum Web site the Pilgrims brought a few different versions of the Bible on the voyage including the Geneva Bible. The two most popular books in early Plymouth were John Dod's Exposition Upon the Ten Commandments, and their own pastor John Robinson's book Observations Divine and Moral.

Happy Thanksgiving all.

Mary Mulrenan, Fairfax County Public Library

The painting is The First Thanksgiving by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863–1930) and is in the public domain for use.

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