Pilgrim Preppers?

Were the Pilgrims who came on the Mayflower in 1620 early American preppers or survivalists? Perhaps I should ask why should anybody know or care these days?

The people we know as the Pilgrims chose a new life for themselves based on strongly held religious convictions. How many of us today have strong enough convictions of any kind to separate ourselves from a corrupt system arrayed against us?

These good people first went to Holland, then after 12 years to Massachusetts. They gave up what they were familiar with in England to start their own community elsewhere. They faced staggering hardships and death with their new beginning in North America.

Could you and I do what the Pilgrims did? If you’re moving to a new location or bracing where you are now for the disappearance of life as we know it, we’ll certainly need courage and resolution to confront change. But isn’t that what survival is about?

How much of what you and I think we know about these early Pilgrims is bunk? Is it even taught in public schools any more? If so, it’s no doubt fluffed and romanticized. Also, how many in Christian schools or home schools know the truth?

If you’d like to know the real truth, unvarnished and from a firsthand account, get a copy of the book written by William Bradford, the colony’s first governor, called Of Plymouth Plantation. It was finished in the 1640’s, and Bradford’s manuscripts were unavailable for quite some time before resurfacing. It’s a wonder we have the book today.

By the way, in spite of the connotations some associate with the word “plantation,” it simply refers to the land grant given by the king of England for the establishment of a colony.

Of Plymouth Plantation isn’t light reading. You won’t finish it in an evening. While it isn’t in the style of Shakespeare, it is in a similar style to the King James Bible. Yet what we may think of as difficult to understand today was once the common means of speaking. How far we’ve declined.

Those who have read it have liked and appreciated it. I’ve read it myself. Some have said it’s an account of both adventure and faith.

If you’re family is home schooling, or if you want to get past the mythology of this significant episode in our nation’s history, get Of Plymouth Plantation by clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where you can place your order.

One final note. This book covers much more than what we think of as the first Thanksgiving. Besides, what difference does it make which day it is to discover truth that can aid and inspire us in our own prepping and survival efforts? If you order this book now, you’ll have it for Thanksgiving or any day you choose.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.