Who Were the Pilgrims?
The pilgrims were a large group of people from England that fled their country to come to the U.S. to avoid religious rules imposed by England. They were Calvinist Protestants and followed the teaching of John Calvin on how to properly worship God. The pilgrims asked the King to let them form their own church, but the King denied the pilgrim's request. This sparked their movement, but not all Pilgrims were driven by religion. Some where drove out by religion, others were not feeling what the King was putting down. Another third of the passengers were just hired help set in motion to help the skip transverse the Ocean. The Pilgrim leader William Bradford had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621 in Massachusetts. It lasted three days. He lasted at the colony for over thirty years and was often referred to as the Governor of Plymouth.