DECEMBER 21: MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS COME ASHORE (1620)
On this day in 1620, the Mayflower pilgrims went ashore for the first time in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts.
A few months later, in March of 1621, Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with the ragged group of English colonists.
Hungry, dirty, and sick, the pale-skinned foreigners were struggling to stay alive; they were in desperate need of Native help.
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