The Mayflower was a cargo ship and not meant to carry the 102 Pilgrims and 30 crew members. There were two ships that were to sail to the New World, The Speedwell and The Mayflower. So the Mayflower sailed alone across the Atlantic Ocean.
6. There were no showers or laundry, so most of the people did not bathe and wore the same clothing for all sixty-six days of the voyage! Can you imagine the bugs, the dirt and the odor on that ship?
The girls and women prepared what the men had hunted: wild turkey, wild geese, wild duck, meat pies, lobsters, eels, clams, oysters, fresh fish of all kinds. The Mayflower was no luxury cruise.
3. A baby boy was born on board the Mayflower.
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As you sit down to feast on turkey, sweet potatoes, corn and pumpkin pie this coming Thanksgiving, you can play a little trivia game using these ten interesting facts about the Pilgrims.
This outfit is so cute for baby’s first turkey day. The sailors called them “glib-glabbety puke stockings.” Conversely, the Pilgrims did not like the sailors’ “salty” language.
The Pilgrims had very little variety in their diet. The Mayflower left Plymouth England on September 6, 1620.
8. The survivors has to bury their dead in the dark.
Another interesting fact is that by the time the journey was over, the sailors were impressed by their fortitude.
9. The Mayflower crew and the Pilgrims did not get along very well.. In order to not let the Native Americans who lived nearby know how much their ranks had shrank, they buried the dead in the dark so no one could see their decreasing numbers.
7. 2. The travelers had to spend most of the sixty-six days of the journey underneath the ship in cramped quarters.
Another interesting fact is that they did not sail to the New World on their first attempt. Native Americans Squanto and Samoset saved the day.
In the fall, when the harvest was great and bountiful, the Pilgrims decided to give thanks to G-d and their Native American friends for helping them through their first year in the New World.
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10. The first Thanksgiving feast was based on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
5. Because of the winds, they were unable to cook their meals and ate everything cold. It comes in several sizes.
4. They ate “hardtack”, a dry biscuit. Insects infested much of the food that was aboard the ship.
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This interesting fact about the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving tells more than what we are taught in school. The Native American guests brought five deer, popcorn, corn, carrots, cucumbers, turnips, onions, radishes, beets and cabbages.
During their first winter in Plimouth, more than half of the people died from illness. Not all of the Pilgrims left England because they wanted freedom from religious persecution.
The journey from England to the New World was an uncomfortable one. They did not settle in the first place they landed.
What was served at the first Thanksgiving?
On November 9, 1620, the people spotted land at Cape Cod. There was no midnight buffet on the Mayflower and the food was awful.
So while you gobble up your turkey with family and friends, see if they know any of these ten interesting facts about the Pilgrims.
The Jewish holiday of Sukkot celebrates the fall harvest, and being religious people, the Pilgrims based their feast on this holiday found in the Bible.
Despite the horrid conditions on the Mayflower, a baby was born while it was crossing the ocean. There was no bathroom, so they had to use buckets to relieve themselves. Squanto taught the Pilgrims to plant with fertilizer, such as fish heads, with their seeds.
What makes this an interesting fact is their lack of hygiene. The Speedwell, made two attempts to leave with the Mayflower, but each time it leaked. While several of the Pilgrims (called Separatists) did want to flee England for religious freedom, others went to the New World for business opportunities, some were hired hands and some were servants.
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1. The name of the baby was Oceanus Hopkins. 
Their two Native American friends, Squanto and Samoset, spoke perfect English. After a search party of the healthiest men went out to find Plimouth, they again set sail and land on December 21.
The Pilgrims were unaccustomed to the sea, and frequently became sick