This is the essay for the 26th week of the 7th Grade Ron Paul Curriculum. It’s about The Pilgrims and the Mayflower.

The Pilgrims and the Mayflower

When Queen Elizabeth I of England died she didn’t have any heir, because she never married. King James I who was the king of Scotland, also became king of England. James I was a Catholic. He wanted to persecute Protestants. One of these protestant groups known as the Pilgrims fled to Leiden, Holland.

But in Leiden in didn’t go very well. This was because most of the Pilgrims were farmers and Leiden was an urban area. The pilgrims wanted to go to a place more rural like the America’s. They tried to get the London Company to let them start a colony in the America’s. The London company was a government run company that gave permission for people to start new colonies in the America’s. A man named Thomas Weston helped the Pilgrims get permission from the London company.

A ship named the Speedwell brought the pilgrims back to England where they would sail from to the America’s with another boat, the Mayflower. The Speedwell and the Mayflower left in July 1620. But after the two ships left the Speedwell sprung a leak and they had to go back. Once again the ships were underway. But the Speedwell sprung another leak. The Pilgrims thought that the London Company was purposely sabotaging the ship to get out of their agreement. Instead of going back to England the Pilgrims abandoned the Speedwell and went further with the Mayflower.

The Pilgrims arrived at the America’s in the November of 1620. Before any of the pilgrims could get of the Mayflower they signed a treaty, the Mayflower Compact, which said that all the pilgrims will work together and help the colony survive