"A New World"
ON June 19, 1629, after endless weeks of long waiting upon the rolling decks of the Talbot, Francis Higginson reported, no doubt with a sigh of relief, that "some went up to the top of the mast, and affirmed . . . they saw land." But five days lapsed before he noted that his fellow passengers had "a clear and comfortable sight of America." As the three-hundred-ton Talbot sailed slowly along the New England coast, the weary travelers gazed anxiously at the land which would become their home. "We saw every hill and dale," related Higginson, "and every island full of gay woods and high trees." The "fine woods and green trees by land" and the yellow flowers which painted the sea, he continued, "made us all desirous to see our new paradise of New England, whence we saw such forerunning signals of fertility afar off." As the vessel slipped into the harbor at Cape Ann, four men disembarked for a nearby island and returned with "ripe strawberries, gooseberries, and sweet single roses." "Thus," proclaimed Higginson, "God was merciful to us in giving us a taste and smell of the sweet fruit . . . to welcome us at our first arrival.""And as we passed along," he added, "it was wonderful to behold so many islands, replenished with thick wood and high trees, and many fair, green pastures."1____________________