400 Year Anniversary: Mayflower Compact

One should probably take this anniversary seriously,
but I’m not in the mood. It’s enough to know that the
Pilgrim settlers learned that collectivism/socialism
doesn’t work before they all starved to death

This is what it looked like
This is what it said
This is what it meant (audio NSFW)

☟ Personal Note ☟ »
I and a gazillion other people are descended from one of the main guys on the voyage who signed the Compact, Stephen Hopkins and his daughter Constance. Interesting guy: not a Pilgrim but hired staff because of his familiarity with Indian languages from his 1609 voyage to Jamestown, which was interrupted by shipwreck on a deserted island (Bermuda), leading a mutiny, building a new ship, arriving in time to save the Jamestown colony, returning to England, and getting roped into this Pilgrim thing. Fun rumor is that Stephano in The Tempest is based on him. Pretty sure he’s my ancestral high point, if you ignore the mutinous, tavern-keeping-in-a-Puritan-town, assistant-governor parts. On the plus side, he got along very well with the local natives (could be his tavern-keeping skills played a part, dunno)


  1. Veeshir
    Posted November 21, 2020 at 2:29 pm |

    My step-father was a descendant of an indentured servant on the Mayflower. I forget his name but they have a shack for him at Plymouth Plantation.
    So I’m trying to figure out how much you owe me in reparations.

  2. DougM ☞ Browncoat ☜
    Posted November 21, 2020 at 3:15 pm |

    ^ Wellp, Hopkins had two servants to take care of him and his kids, so mebbe