The Pilgrims Intended to Stay…To The Dismay of the Native Americans
The Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, which we all know, but it was nearly winter…no time to build shelters and work the land. The group spent the first winter aboard the Mayflower, anchored in the harbor. The Native Americans eyed the newcomers with suspicion.
By now, the Indians were used to seeing White Europeans coming to their land…and they were happy to trade with them. They just didn’t want them to stick around and build settlements. But the Pilgrims landed at a time when the illness had greatly reduced the Native American populations. The Indians just didn’t have the resources to fight off the settlers.