Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower, was built in 1956, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Plimoth Plantation)
Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower, was built in 1956, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Plimoth Plantation)

About 400 years ago, 102 separatists - now known as Pilgrims- escaped religious persecution in England by boarding the Mayflower to voyage to the New World. 

Meandering the Mesquite writer Scott Dyke recounts their harrowing journey at sea and arrival in Cape Cod. After 66 days at sea, the weary travelers made landfall before founding Plymouth Colony, where they would eventually celebrate the first Thanksgiving with the Wampanoag tribe.

This article from the Washington Post paints a different picture of the first Thanksgiving from the perspective of the Wampanoags.

What are your thoughts on the Pilgrims' journey to the New World and the first Thanksgiving, and what are your sources on informing yourself?