The Early Modern Commons

17th-century American Women

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1648 The Cambridge Platform - Government by the People (Well, by the Men)

1 January 2019

The “Agreement between the Settlers at New Plymouth” (the Mayflower Compact), November 11, 1620, is the oldest political covenant in the New World. It is considered a covenant...

1636 Dedham Covenant - Government by the People (Well, by the Men)

1 January 2019

The “Agreement between the Settlers at New Plymouth” (the Mayflower Compact), November 11, 1620, is the oldest political covenant in the New World. It is considered a covenant...

Saint Nicholas Comes to the New World - From the Dutch Sint Herr Nikolaas to Sinter Klass to Santa Claus.

26 December 2018

Saint Nicholas Comes to the New WorldIn 1626, a fleet of ships left Holland for the New World. They purchased some land from the Iroquois, for $24, and named the village New (or Nieuw)...

1608 Christmas in Colonial Virginia

25 December 2018

When colonists left England to find the riches of Virginia, they spent their first Christmas of 1606 on board their ships en route to the New World. By 1608, Christmas found the colonists...