The Mayflower II in Plymouth, Massachusetts
On this day in 1620 the Mayflower and her sister ship, the Speedwell, left Plymouth, England carrying passengers to Virginia. Little did the people on board know that they would have to turn back when the Speedwell began to leak, and that their final destination would be Cape Cod, not Virginia!
The Mayflower landed in what is now Provincetown Harbor on 9 November, 1620. It was a 66 day voyage that changed history. Two days later, on 11 November 1620, forty one of the one hundred two passengers signed the "Mayflower Compact" and established the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony.
Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo