John Alden: Let’s Let The History Speak For Him

I have some friends who can trace their genealogy to John Alden, one of the original Mayflower passengers and settlers in New Plymouth. That’s really interesting, but our conversations became lively when we compared the legends about Mr. Alden to the known historical facts.

Today, we’ll try to set aside the legendary John Alden (though we’ll trace where the legends came from) and take another look at the life of this influential settler… Continue reading

John Carver: First Governor

Well, it’s good to be back in the 1620’s after last weekend’s extended foray in 1860’s history at the West Coast Civil War Round Table Conference. We’re continuing the discussion of real people who came to the New World on the Mayflower and whom modern society collectively calls “Pilgrims.”

Today, we’ll discuss the life and accomplishments of John Carver who served as the first governor of Plymouth Colony. Continue reading