Pilgrims is a name given to people who take long journeys for religious and moral purposes. What we in American history think of as the Pilgrims was the name given to a group of English settlers travelling to America who were there to seek religious freedom. The movement of pilgrims to North America was mostly due to the preservation of religious beliefs. They King of England, at the time, would not allow them to form their own church, so they moved. Many pilgrims found a home in Holland where freedom of religion was widely practiced. They original had their mind set to settle near the Hudson River in New York. The weather did not agree with them when they were on their way and instead, they decide to seek shelter near Cape Cod. Massachusetts. In 1620 they establish what would become known as the Plymouth Colony. This was the second successful English settlement after Jamestown, Virginia. The first pilgrims travelled across the Atlantic Ocean on the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock. A little known fact about the Mayflower, only about half of those that travelled on the Mayflower survived to enjoy their first Thanksgiving.
Most of these worksheets are in free response form and they work a little differently than all those other sections. These worksheets will help students learn about the prominent people in pilgrim history. We will look at the people, food, and culture that surrounded these English settlers. We will also explore the voyage that took place and how they came form a colony.