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Traditional history says the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower in 1620 left Plymouth – but Cornwall is now challenging that belief

Four hundred years ago today a ship carrying around 100 colonists left the shores of England for the new world.

The voyage of the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower has gone down in history as a pivotal moment for America and has become part of the country’s creation myth.

Claims historic ship set sail from Cornwall not Plymouth
Pilgrim Hall Museum/Wikimedia Commons) Claims historic ship set sail from Cornwall not Plymouth

The traditional history is that the ship left Plymouth in Devon in September of 1620, arriving after a dangerous voyage across the Atlantic at Plymouth in Massachusetts.

But last year one town in Cornwall announced that it was hoping to overturn that history. It has long been believed by people in Newlyn, in west Cornwall, that their port was the last stop in the old world for the Mayflower.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 16 September, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

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