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Lynch, P. J.: The Boy Who Fell off the Mayflower

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Lynch, P. J.: The Boy Who Fell off the Mayflower

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Lynch, P. J.

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower

Walker, 2015, pp64, 12.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 4063 6163 6

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John Howland was one of the passengers on the Mayflower during her 1620 voyage to America. Apprenticed to John Carver, Howland accompanied his master, fully intending to return to London once his apprenticeship was completed. He had the unenviable distinction of falling overboard in mid-ocean but being fished out of the sea. The early years in the plantation of New Plymouth were hard: as well as those on board the Mayflower who died at sea, many more died in the New World within the first few months of landfall, including John's master, Carver, leaving John free to return to England. He decides to stay in the New World, becoming one of the Founding Fathers of America, eventually marrying Elizabeth Tilley, a fellow servant on that historic voyage.

The mere death toll among the early settlers shows how hard their lives were: people appear in the story for a short while, only to succumb to disease--Elizabeth Tilley lost all her family. …

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