With the current news of the Covid-19 virus, the Saturday Telegraph published a detailed list of things to do in the UK this summer; we were delighted to see that ‘Mayflower Madness’ came in at number 25 encouraging us to explore this amazing story during 2020!
Four hundred years ago, on September 20th 1620, a converted wine ship names the Mayflower left England for a modern-day Massachusetts, with a cargo of religious separatists.
It was captained by Essex-born Christopher Jones and its arrival on the east coast of the New World would change the course of America’s history and have a profound impact on the indigenous population. All four nations involved, the UK, the United States, the Netherlands and the Wampanoag Nation, will be staging events throughout the year.
In Britain, this involves 11 different locations and includes the opening of Jones’s house in Harwich; the Southampton Mayflower Maritime Festival (Aug 14-16); the Dartmouth Regatta (Aug 27-29); the Mayflower Muster in Plymouth, involving British, US and Dutch navies (Sept 19-20); and Wampum: Stories and Shells from Native America, a touring exhibition (April 3-Oct 20) that gives the other side of the story, featuring tales of descendants. A new wampum belt, the traditional belt of the Wamoanoag people, will be on display for the first time.