Stories of the Mayflower

Mayflower 400 is a commemoration, remembering the lives of the Mayflower passengers, the Native American people they encountered and their legacy.

There are countless stories connected to the pioneering voyage and its passengers - the places they came from, the people they were and the legacy they left.

From the beginnings of the Separatist movement in England to the first Thanksgiving in America, this section will seek to tell those stories.

It will also explore the ancestry and genealogy of the Mayflower passengers and their relevance and impact on society today.

  • The Mayflower Story

    The Mayflower set sail on 16 September 1620 from Plymouth, UK, to start its long voyage to America.

    But its history and story start long before that in the villages, towns and cities of England.

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  • Passengers of the Mayflower

    The Mayflower story begins with the origins of the people who became known as the Pilgrims - the passengers of the Mayflower.

    Their story starts with the beginnings of the Separatist movement in England, taking in a spell in Holland before the pioneering voyage. These pages seek to tell their stories.

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  • The Mayflower Voyage

    For the passengers and crew who boarded the Mayflower some four centuries ago, the odds were firmly stacked against them as they looked to cross the Atlantic to start a new life.

    Read stories about the historic journey, and how the colonists finally reached North America after 66 gruelling days at sea.

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  • My Mayflower

    Mayflower 400 UK has been presenting a series of digital programmes in the build-up to the 400-year anniversary of the ship's historic voyage.

    My Mayflower tells stories of those forever linked to the ship's legacy and impassioned by the anniversary of its pioneering sailing to America in 1620.

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  • Virtual Voyages

    Our Virtual Voyages series showcases the places woven into the Mayflower story.

    Discover hidden secrets and fascinating insights, told through the eyes of the people who live and breath the stories of the colonists.

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  • Re-Informed

    Our Re-informed series allows artists and producers to give an insight to their work.

    Our explore the Mayflower story - without shying away from its challenging history.

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  • Native America

    Mayflower 400 is a true four-nation commemoration between the Wampanoag Nation, the USA, the UK and the Netherlands.

    Native America is central to the Mayflower story, as is centuries of Wampanoag history and the voices of those determined to keep the stories of their ancestors alive through a series of commemorative projects, exhibitions and events.

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  • Mayflower Passengers List - an interactive guide

    The list of Mayflower passengers who voyaged from Britain to America in 1620 includes the Pilgrim separatists, non-separatists, servants, and crew.

    The Mayflower passengers are listed along with our interactive map which shows where each of the colonists originally came from and where they lived.

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  • Women of the Mayflower

    There are precious few records of the women who boarded the Mayflower, but their strength and role in the dramatic voyage and settling in a new land cannot be underestimated.

    Here, we take a closer look at some of the women and girls who boarded the Mayflower, and their origins in England.

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  • Heartwarming story of the Mayflower's most famous love story

    Priscilla Mullins and John Alden had never met before they sailed to America - nor had they met Myles Standish, for that matter.

    But the three of them were to become involved in a love triangle just as stormy as the conditions facing the colonists in their historic journey across the Atlantic.

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  • How a piece of Plymouth Rock ended up in a London church

    Plymouth Rock is located on the shore at Plymouth Harbor in Massachusetts, and continues to divide opinion for those interested in the Mayflower story.

    According to legend, many believe it to be the place where the Pilgrims disembarked the Mayflower some 400 years ago, after crossing the Atlantic from England. So how, then, did part of the historic rock end up in a church in Central London?

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  • Celebrities who can trace their ancestry to the Mayflower

    With as many as 35 million people worldwide descended from the Mayflower Pilgrims, it’s little wonder that group includes celebrities, royalty, American presidents, statesmen and women, and famous writers.

    The General Society of Mayflower Descendants has identified numerous celebrities whose ancestry can be traced back to passengers on the Mayflower. Here are a few you'll recognise!

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  • Learning

    The educational reach of the Mayflower programme is across all ages, abilities and activities, ensuring Mayflower is an inclusive opportunity, allowing all to understand the people and the voyage.

    The education pages on this website are here to help you explore the narrative and the wider context of the Mayflower voyage. 

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