Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History

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Making Haste from Babylon: The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World: A New History

Author: Nick Bunker
Publisher: Knopf
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 496
Cover Price: $ 30.00

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Backed by privateering aristocrats, London merchants, and xenophobic politicians, they were sectarian religious radicals who lived double and treble lives: entrepreneurs as well as evangelicals, rebels as well as Christian idealists. Far from the storybook figures of American mythology, the Pilgrims were complex men and women, and Making Haste from Babylon tells their story in unrivaled depth.

Within a decade of landing, and despite crisis and catastrophe, the Pilgrims built a thriving settlement at New Plymouth, based on trade in beaver fur, corn, and cattle, and in doing so they laid the foundations for Massachusetts, New England, and a new nation. Using a wealth of previously untapped or neglected evidence—from archives in England, Ireland, and the United States—British author Nick Bunker gives a vivid, strikingly original account of the Mayflower project.

From the rural kingdom of James I to industrial Holland and the beaver ponds of Maine, he weaves a rich narrative combining religion, politics, money, science, and the sea.A meticulously researched, revelatory book that restores the potency of the Mayflower story by rediscovering the full international context of its time.

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Background Information

Privateering is non-governmental piracy than has been legitimized by one side in a military conflict against the other. The Pilgrims were those members of the Puritan community who voyaged across the Atlantic in the Mayflower to find a new life of religious freedom. Plymouth was the first Puritan colony in Massachusetts, founded by the Pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic in 1620 in the Mayflower. The Mayflower Compact was drawn up and signed in 1620 by the males among the Pilgrims who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower. Maine was still part of Massachusetts at the time of the Revolution, but soon separated and was admitted as a state.