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Posted on 11/18/2012 6:22:54 AM PST by Perseverando
Can Americans Learn Anything From Our Founders for Today?
Who were the original Founders of America? Two groups can be described from the group of original hardy settlersthe Pilgrims and the Puritans. The seeds of the Pilgrim stock came from the illegal English Separatist Church. All Englishmen were expected to attend Anglican Church, weekly.
It provoked much controversy in Christian circles that power swung between English Protestants and Catholics. The Separatists wanted no state meddling in private beliefs, and so left England in search of religious freedom, first to Leiden, Netherlands, and later to North America. This explains the US Constitutions First Amendment prohibition against a state mandated church.
The second group of American colonizers were Puritans, a term loosely describing all those who wanted to purify the English Church from outside influences. They settled in Massachusetts under John Winthrop in 1630. Together, these earliest Americans were trailblazers for modern ideas. They established the first modern democracy, and arguably the first modern constitution. The earliest European Americans were fixated upon religious liberty. But having been cut free from their repressive surroundings, they found great delight in creating new ways of politicking and conducting society which changed the world forever. The Thanksgiving celebration was an early American heartfelt assembly meant to thank God for all their blessings. This wholeheartedly revealed their religious convictions and humble view of life. I. Who Were the First American Colonists?
The continent of North America was colonized by several waves of English residents, who sailed the Mayflower on a trip aimed for Virginia leaving Sept. 16, 1620, with 102 passengers. The basic outline of the typical American colonist was a religious person tired of English government meddling in their beliefs. Some of these persons came directly from England while others
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They first tried “it takes a village”, you didn’t build that, we are a collective program and it didnt work. Why? because there were lazy a##es who were trying to get over. welcome to ubango’s world.
In every group there’s always “the 10%.”
Every year about this time I post a message. I am a direct descendent of Gov. William Bradford. He is my eighth great grandfather. There are now 14 generations of my family in this country.
They had a Thansgiving service. However due to climate and harassment by Indians they moved their colony across the Bay of Fundy to what is now Anapolis Royal the next year.
They didn't speak English.
At roughly the same time another Breton became the first settler at what later became the English Jamestown colony.
In due course the Jamestown governor went up to Nova Scotia and picked up some Protestants who had some relation to the fellow who'd been there before jamestown. They held their first Thanksgiving celebration that fall in Jamestown. Sometime around 1620 some of the same folks dealt with the founding of New York with a third Thanksgiving celebration. Finally, in 1622, after a grueling winter, others did a Thanksgiving in Plymouth colony.
Beyond that there's the Thanksgiving festival held in Santa Fe, New Mexico by the founders ~ some of whom had actually done service with the Spanish government in what is now Virginia ~
Which is just truly incredible.
It's pretty obviously an ancient custom performed by Christians ~ including the English, French, Breton, Spanish, Galician, Cornish, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, and possibly even the Dutch!
It is a thing to be shared with all.
My family on my maternal side came to America from England in 1630 and settled in Kennybunk, ME. I love our Thanksgiving holiday. It has been my favorite since I was a child. I miss the America of my youth.
Truer words were never spoke. I lament that I cannot pass on to my children the richness that I enjoyed.
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