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What is a summary of Chapter 4 in "Of Plymouth Plantation" by William Bradford?

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In this chapter, Bradford discusses the reasons that the Pilgrims left Holland for the perilous journey to the New World. He writes:

Not out of any newfanglednes, or other such like giddie humor, by which men are oftentimes transported to their great hurt & danger, but for sundrie weightie & solid reasons.

In other words, the Pilgrims thought through their decision carefully and acted for serious reasons. These reasons included the following:

First, the hardships they had endured in Holland made life very difficult. Most worked hard and yet still lived in poverty.

Second, the fear grew that as people aged and could longer tolerate the hard living, they would scatter to places easier to live, and thus the group would break up.

Third, their children suffered under the hard labor they were subjected to in order to help support their families. Many children, too, were rejecting that harsh lifestyle and joining the army or in other ways assimilating into Dutch culture and society, a society...

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