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Plymouth, Massachusetts is the home of the Mayflower II and Plymouth
Rock. In 1620, Puritans fleeing religious persecution in Europe
crowded onto the Mayflower and made the intrepid journey across the
Atlantic to the New World. They hoped to find in America the right
to worship God free of government interference. The Mayflower II
is a replica of the original Mayflower that carried these 102 brave
settlers. This floating museum commemorates the dedication and
will of the first band of Europeans to reach American shores.
Popular lore suggests that the Pilgrims stepped on Plymouth Rock upon
landing in America, although there is no record of this in early
writings. Visitors come to see this legendary rock which, like the
Mayflower II, is a symbol of American liberty and freedom of conscience.
The Mayflower at Plymouth, Massachusetts
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