Plymouth Colony

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Plymouth Colony was a 17th Century British settlement and political unit on the east coast of North America. It was established in 1620; it became part of the Dominion of New England in 1686; in 1691 Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony were combined. Plymouth Colony included parts of New England, centered around Plymouth, Barnstable, and Bristol counties in Massachusetts. The Colony included parts of present-day Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine. She claimed land north to Nova Scotia, south to Pennsylvania, and west to the Pacific Ocean. Her modern successor is now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of the fifty United States. Plymouth Colony handed down the tradition of Thanksgiving although Spanish settlements in North America had an earlier harvest festival. One in ten modern Americans has at least one ancestor who was among the first arrivals in this colony.

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Separatists. Plymouth Colony was founded by English religious Separatists (and some Anglicans) who became known as Pilgrims.

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