17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials


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Plimoth Plantation, the Mayflower, and the Pilgrims

What resource about colonial New England would be complete without materials about the original settlement of pilgrims in Plimouth?

Best! Mayflower and Early Families [Link #6]
This is a very cool site -- full of texts of wills and deeds, image scans of actual documents, a bulletin board for discussions, some vital records (Saybrook, CT, and Plymouth County, MA) -- even a couple of "slide shows" about the Plymouth colony and the events in Salem. The site was orginally called "The Massachusetts Enquirer: Mayflower, MA & New England Events, People, Life" -- an interesting attempt to portray colonial New England events as if being reported today -- but the site has been deepened and that has become only part of the site, renamed "The Colonial Gazette" when the site was given a major overhaul in March-May 1999. Thumbs up to the folks at Maddox Interactive for this contribution to the Internet!

Best! Plimoth Plantation [Link #59]
This is a terrific site with lots of good information, primary source materials, and images about the first settlement in Plimoth, MA.

Teaching About Thanksgiving [Link #74]
This text document is from The Fourth World Documentation Project, a service provided by The Center For World Indigenous Studies, and presents the tale of Thanksgiving with information about the Indian participants. Please see the link to "Debunking a Popular Internet Lesson Plan," (Link #366) for a convincing critique of the historical errors in this document.

Best! The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagn (formerly at the University of Virginia) by Patricia E. Scott Deetz and James Deetz [Link #207]
This is a terrific site for anyone researching the Plimoth colony: it includes legal and literary texts from the period, images of the material culture of the site, maps, reconstructions, and much more. If you are interested in Plimouth, start here.

From the site: "This Plymouth Colony Archive presents a collection of searchable texts, including court records, Colony laws, seminar analysis of various topics, biographical profiles of selected colonists, probate inventories, wills, a Glossary and Notes on Plymouth Colony, and Vernacular House Forms in Seventeenth Century Plymouth Colony: An Analysis of Evidence from the Plymouth Colony Room-by-Room Probate Inventories 1633-85."

Best! Debunking a Popular Internet Lesson Plan [Link #366]
This page takes on the factual errors in the Thanksgiving lesson "Teaching About Thanksgiving" (see below, Link #74) by The Fourth World Documentation Project, with many primary sources to prove its points. (Thanks to Jeremy Bangs for bringing this page to my attention.)

The Mayflower Society [Link #60]
Basically contains only information on how to contact this historical/genealogical society. The most information at this site is listed under the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants.

CyberHunt for Colonial America: An Internet Treasure Hunt on Colonial America by Kimberly Hamilton [Link #154]
An excellent treasure hunt page about colonial America with questions and links to explore. From the site: "This CyberHunt is your time machine to the past! Explore life in Jamestown, aboard the Mayflower, and in Plimoth Plantation. Go back to 1692 and sit in on the Salem Witch Trials. Find out about the Boston Massacre and Tea Party. Discover how kids back then learned, played, and what happened when they did something wrong."

Excerpts from "Of Plimouth Plantation" by William Bradford [Link #200]
Chapters I, II, IV, and IX of William Bradford's "Of Plimoth Plantation: 1620-1647"

Kids' Page for Plimoth Plantation [Link #210]
from the site: "Think history is boring? Not at Plimoth Plantation! Whether you visit the Museum in person, or stop by online, Plimoth Plantation makes history fun! This section of the website is made for kids, with activities like coloring pages, a cool Thanksgiving online activity, and a place where you can learn to talk like a Pilgrim!"

Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide by Paul P. Reuben [Link #223]
The 17th century section of an Americna literature site for courses at California State University, Stanislaus. Includes lot sof images and bibliographies for the likes of Samuel Sewall, Cotton Mather, Mary Rowlandson, and others.

Plymouth Archeological Redisovery Project [Link #314]
From the site: "While Plymouth Colony maintains a rich and valuable Native American and Colonial history, the archaeology of the former Plymouth Colony has never been utilized to the degree that we feel it can be." Includes some research papers and lesson plans.

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, margoburns@gmail.com