Nathaniel Philbrick 's Narrative Mayflower Essay

1025 Words Aug 27th, 2014 5 Pages
In Nathaniel Philbrick’s narrative Mayflower, he tells the story of the struggle and hardships of a group of people who cross the ocean to find personal and religious freedom in a new land. These people are the Pilgrims, but they are much different from the stereotypical pilgrims that we think of today. Philbrick tells the story of the Pilgrims struggle to survive in their first few months, their first meetings with and the rise and eventual fall of the alliance between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. I found the book to be very interesting when I read it, and though it was boring or slow at times, it provided a great deal of intriguing information that I never knew before about the story of the Pilgrims and their long, treacherous journey to America. It seemed to me that informing the reader of information that had been previously unknown was a major purpose for Nathaniel Philbrick in writing the novel, and his purpose certainly succeeded with me, as I managed to learn much more about the tribes of Native Americans that were involved in the success of the Pilgrims’ Cape Cod settlement. In the seventeenth century, the Pilgrims traveled to America to find both religious and personal freedom, with many people having risked their entire fortunes just to find a new land for themselves and their families. As they landed, confused in a new land, they began making mistakes such as stealing corn from Native American tribes which caused them to unknowingly make enemies…

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