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Plymouth Colony
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Definition colony formed by the Pilgrims seeking religious freedom; first sizable permanent English settlement in the New England area (1620); absorbed into the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691
  • Rod, Cowpertown is safe in history, along with Plymouth Rock, Botany Bay, and Dakin's Colony.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • They landed at Plymouth Rock.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • People in England were being mean to them because of their religion, so they sailed to America and landed at Plymouth Rock.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • There was Morton of Merry Mount, who so vexed the Plymouth Colony, with his flushed, loose, handsome face and his hate of the godly.
    Stephen Vincent Benét  --  The Devil and Daniel Webster
  • The history of surfing is something surf nuts pride themselves on knowing: it's as important as, say, the Mayflower docking on Plymouth Rock.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • When they landed at Plymouth Rock, they were greeted by the Indians, who came down the hill rolling their war hoops before them.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • After his oration on the two hundredth founding of Plymouth Colony, a young Harvard scholar wrote: I was never so excited by public speaking before in my life.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Your Middlewest is double-Puritan—prairie Puritan on top of New England Puritan; bluff frontiersman on the surface, but in its heart it still has the ideal of Plymouth Rock in a sleet-storm.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • /Plymouth Rock/ at the North and /Jamestown/ at the South are examples of their poverty of fancy; they filled the narrow tract along the coast with new /Bostons/, /Cambridges/, /Bristols/ and /Londons/, and often used the adjective as a prefix.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • When Winslow, afterward governor of the Plymouth Colony, went with a companion on a visit of ceremony to Massasoit on foot through the woods, and arrived tired and hungry at his lodge, they were well received by the king, but nothing was said about eating that day.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • I have often held in my hand a little model of the Plymouth Rock which a kind gentleman gave me at Pilgrim Hall, and I have fingered its curves, the split in the centre and the embossed figures "1620," and turned over in my mind all that I knew about the wonderful story of the Pilgrims.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life

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