n 1620, the Pilgrims, a name later associated with travelers to the New World, made their way across the Atlantic Ocean for religious freedom and a chance to rule themselves. With them were merchant families seeking commercial opportunities in an unexplored land.
Attempting to reach the mouth of the Hudson River, they quickly realized they had drifted hundreds of miles off-course, landing at a place now called Cape Cod, only to sail across the bay to modern-day Plymouth.
On December 4, nearly one month after arriving at the unintended destination, Peregrine White became the first English child born to settlers; he was delivered aboard the Mayflower while at anchor off the coast. His birth and his life are significant, as evidence of his first cradle and his will, protected by the Pilgrim Museum’s hallowed halls in Plymouth to this day.
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