By Sam Gram and Maddie Fortman
Who Were They?
The Pilgrims were a group of people from England who set out on a ship called the Mayflower in 1620, on a trip to the New World. They thought that the Church of England was out of its way and beyond repair, so they left in protest.
What Were Their Contributions?
They founded the Plymouth Colony, and were the first people to ever celebrate Thanksgiving. They wanted to come together with the Native Americans who taught them how to provide food for themselves, and be thankful for their survival.
Pilgrims in America
The first Pilgrims in America were nearly defeated by the harsh conditions they faced when they arrived in the New World. Conditions they faced included a brutal winter, a poor harvest, and lots of fatal diseases.