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(TreeHugger)   Because what better way to observe the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's historic voyage across the Atlantic than by having an autonomous marine vessel trace her path?   (treehugger.com ) divider line
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2017-01-12 12:28:36 AM  
If a bunch of Puritanbots get out when it docks, crush them in an industrial press asap.
 
2017-01-12 01:49:37 AM  
Just as long as it's still carrying smallpox.
 
2017-01-12 03:28:14 AM  
If only that shiatbox had sunk...
 
2017-01-12 05:58:52 AM  
While it also "misplaces" three boxes and break your late aunt's dining room table chair.
 
2017-01-12 06:44:18 AM  

Highroller48: Just as long as it's still carrying smallpox.


Along with alcohol and guilt.
 
2017-01-12 08:57:36 AM  
I wonder if it'll have animatronic actors on board to re-enact the Salem witch trials.
 
2017-01-12 12:00:20 PM  
The Pilgrims were not Puritans. The Pilgrims were mostly working class and arrived before the first Puritan fleet and Governor Winthrop. Not all the passengers on the Mayflower were Pilgrims. Some were "Strangers", immigrating on their own initiative, and at least one of the sailors stayed and become the father of a massive and famous "Pilgrim" family tree.

It would be cool if genealogists and genetic genealogists could establish the Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA of all the Puritan ancestors as an anniversary project. I know a couple of them as they have already been "done" by descendants. Priscilla Mullins' mitochondrial DNA is known to me and I am descended from her and John Alden, although not in a maternal line.

I suspect my Mother's mtdna was on the Mayflower. There are a tantalizing number of people who share it, especially in the Salem area and several other Massachusetts towns, but who do not connect directly to my maternal lineage as far as I know, so there must be more than one woman of our mitochondrial DNA clan in early New England.

I am heavily descended from New Englanders of the Great Migration (35,000 original ancestors in all) through my Mother and my Father (they are cousins in the 8th to 12th degree, distant but provable). I have more than a handful of Mayflower ancestors who link me to almost everybody in the US, even recent immigrants like the Kardashians, even people like Sir Winston Churchill, Princess Diana, and King Zog of Albania, all of whom have American ancestors.

The Salem Witch trials were a family tragedy, with ancestors among the witches and among the accusers, among the clergy and among the juries. It was a family affair not unlike the 2016 Election, where natural disasters, ignorance, fear, and stupidity, as well as greed and personal animus combined to set people at each other's throats.

1692 was a horrible year in New England. The crops failed and people went hungry. It was also the year that Port Royal in the Caribbean was drowned by an earthquake. The Pilgrims all had business connections and family there because Salem Village was a New England port deeply involved in the Atlantic trade triangle which was then forming.

I know a lot but I can never know too much, so I would be delighted if this anniversary coming up makes people focus on learning more.

Everything is connected to everything else, so following any line of research is sure to lead you to something interesting and valuable.
 
2017-01-12 12:04:37 PM  
Vikings did it better!

Insert "redsailvikinglongboat.jpg" here.
 
2017-01-12 12:11:49 PM  

doglover: If only that shiatbox had sunk...


...there would have been another anyway.  And another.  And another.

Remember, Europeans had already started colonizing North America.  Spain had conquered Mexico about 100 years before the Mayflower set sail.
 
2017-01-12 12:12:49 PM  

Swampmaster: Vikings did it better!

Insert "redsailvikinglongboat.jpg" here.


No they didn't.  They got chased away by the Skraelings, never to return.
 
2017-01-12 01:13:58 PM  
Will it end it's trip because it ran out of beer?
 
2017-01-12 03:26:25 PM  

Bermuda59: Will it end it's trip because it ran out of beer?


Everywhere you drink it, including Soviet Russia, beer runs out of you!
 
2017-01-12 03:41:41 PM  

dittybopper: ...there would have been another anyway. And another. And another.


The others weren't as important.

Miles Standish, on the other hand.... he was a coont.
 
2017-01-12 09:04:24 PM  

doglover: dittybopper: ...there would have been another anyway. And another. And another.

The others weren't as important.

Miles Standish, on the other hand.... he was a coont.


You think there wouldn't have been someone as bad or worse if it was a different ship.
 
2017-01-12 09:46:35 PM  

dittybopper: doglover: dittybopper: ...there would have been another anyway. And another. And another.

The others weren't as important.

Miles Standish, on the other hand.... he was a coont.

You think there wouldn't have been someone as bad or worse if it was a different ship.


There was someone better already running a colony a bit south of Plymoth.

If "the Pilgrims" sank... even is someone worse came later, they might have been too late to compete with Merry Mount.
 
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