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400 years on, how the Mayflower Pilgrims can still inspire us...

In 1620, 102 ill-prepared settlers landed two months later than planned, in the wrong place on the eastern coast of North America.

Martyn Whittock

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They were a mixture of ‘saints’ (asylum-seeking members of separatist Puritan congregations) and ‘strangers’ (economic migrants necessary for the financial success of the venture). By the next summer, half of them were dead. Yet, from this inauspicious beginning, the impact of the Mayflower settlement still resonates 400 years later.