How does Bradford's analysis of the events relate to the purpose of the book History of Plymouth Plantation?
Bradford explains his reasons for writing his detailed history of Plymouth Plantation at the end of chapter 6 of this book. He states:
I have been ye larger in these things, and so shall crave leave in some passages following, (though in other things I shall labour to be more contract,) that their children may see with what difficulties their fathers wrestled in going through these things in their first beginings, and how God brought them, along notwithstanding all their weakness and infirmities. As also that some use may be made hereof in after times by others in such like weighty employments; and herewith I will end this chapter.
He states three reasons for writing this history: first, he fervently wishes ("craves") that descendants of the first settlers know how difficult it was to establish the colony. He doesn't want the memory of this epic struggle to be lost or minimized. Second, he perceives the book as a testimony to God's providence in protecting the pilgrims despite their...
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