A Tale of Morality?

When asked if the story of, Of Plymouth Plantation, a tale by William Bradford, is one of morality for future generations, I would have to say yes. It begins with the defense of the Catholic faith of the Separatists also known as the Pilgrims. They wanted to be able to worship in their own way. This is when they decided to “separate” (hence the name Separatists) and move away from England. They were also against the persecution of those who did not abide by the the corruption of the church at that time. The Puritans wanted to stay and fix the church.

Their journey, on the Mayflower, first takes them to Leiden, a city in Dutch country. They were trusted by the Dutch as honest people. They remained here for 11 to 12 years. There had been a Civil War between Spain and Holland. For 12 years these two countries managed to find peace, however eventually the truce had ended. The Separatists once again found themselves fearing persecution, this time, at the hand of the Spaniards. Wanting to flee they sailed from The Netherlands to North America. During this voyage they all signed a civil covenant, known as the Mayflower Compact. Also, sadly Bradford’s wife Dorothy died when she fell off the Mayflower.mayflower

In the spring of 1622, their arrival in America found them under attack by the Native Americans who retreated once they saw the firearms that the Separatists had. Bradford, at this point, is now the new governor. Still worrying about relations with the Indians they found solace in a native named Squanto who wanted to create peace. They built a fort and an era of trade with England begins. The Pilgrims began collecting wampum for trading. The Indians also wanted to get in on the trade. A lawyer named Morton arrives, and not being a Christian upset Bradford. He began selling guns to the Indians against a law enacted by the King of England. Miles Standish was sent to arrest him and take him back to England.

By 1632 people began to separate.  Now having their own estates, things like corn and cattle rose to a great price as they were now plentiful. However, this wealth began to lure them away from there faith. They wanted more. When the town started giving farmland away for a simple promise from the people to stay in Plymouth, Bradford thought this was a bad idea. The people that did promise to stay either complained or just left anyway. I have to agree with Bradford as something not worked for is never appreciated.

Proverbs 15:27 – “He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.”

Throughout Bradford’s account he remained steadfast in his principles and values that when faced with loss and tragedy, among other obstacles, he remained a good man and never lost his faith.

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