The Pilgrim Research Paper

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The Pilgrims An American Author by the name of Nelson DeMille once said, “We're all Pilgrims on the same journey - but some Pilgrims have better road maps.” This quote can be applied to many different areas in one’s life, even into the subject of history. The historical images that are seen today which represent well-known Pilgrim events are reliable sources created to provide an idea and feel for what had taken place. Though there are not primary paintings of the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving feast, or events along those lines, members of the colony provided these recent days with road maps to help derive pictures of what they had witnessed. The reliability of the later paintings is proven through firsthand accounts written by Pilgrims and the studies of historians. Though the artwork cannot depict the very scene of the Pilgrims, the …show more content…

Historians received much of the images information from the Pilgrim’s records. Their [the Pilgrims] written accounts provided necessary details for key factors in the artwork today, thus leading historians to support the paintings as honest representations. Much of today’s controversy concerning the typical historical images of the Pilgrims revolves around a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, an oil painting of the Pilgrims first Thanksgiving feast. Various factors of the painting are incorrect, such as the feathered war bonnets and the black and white clothing, but none of these factors were what the painting was meant to express. Ferris showed the association between the Pilgrims and the Indians, the gathering of the colony for the feast, the presence of the Indian king, Massasoit, and the development of their life in the New World. In Document 2:2, evidence is provided of the peace between the Indians and the Pilgrims. Edward Winslow wrote, “…Many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king, Massasoit, with some 90 men, whom for

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