Of Plymouth Plantation Chapter 9 Summary

What important points is William Bradford trying to make in Chapter Nine of History of Plymouth Plantation?

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William Bradford was governor of Plymouth Colony; he wrote Of Plymouth Plantation (which he started in 1630) to document the Puritan settlement in New England. In this writing, he discusses the travels and the trials that the Pilgrims faced in making a new home in a foreign (and unsettled) land. It is still a critical historical text for modern scholars to understand the vast struggles that early Americans had to face to have freedom to act and think according to their beliefs (including their religious beliefs).

Chapter 9 discusses the sea voyage that the Puritans take en route to America. Soon after they depart, many individuals face seasickness. One of the seamen is particularly cruel to the Puritan passengers who have motion sickness:

There was a proud and very profane young man, one of the seamen, of a lusty, able body, which made him the more haughty; he would alway be contemning the poor people in their sickness and cursing them daily with grievous execrations.

Bradford explains that...

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