The Pilgrims did not settle Massachusetts in 1620. They settled in Plymouth Plantation.

The Puritans founded the Massachusetts Bay Colony ten years later.

In 1685, the colonial authorities in London joined various New England colonies.

This arrangement became undone with the so-called Glorious Revolution, however, in the settlement that followed Plymouth was annexed to Massachusetts in 1691.

The ethos of the two settlements had many important differences. The commercial and intellectual elite of Boston is the core of what most people associate with Yankees. But us swamp Yankees see it otherwise.

It still matters whether one's ancestors came over on the Mayflower or the Arabella.

In the greater issues addressed in this blog this is petty, but, dammit, we care about footnotes up here. BTW, for some time I lived on Pinckney St. on the Hill, named after a great patriot from down your way.

Back Bay Grouch


Am aware the Pilgrims and the Puritans were entirely different. Plymouth fought desperately to keep its independence from the Bay Colony, but was overwhelmed.

But to American history the Puritan flood that poured in after 1635 were the Puritans and the Pilgrim Fathers included the Puritans. The real Pilgrims are as obscured as Jamestown.

This makes America "The Shining City on a Hill," a Wordist construct.