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Who Paid for the Mayflower?

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In 1616, the group that history would later call the Pilgrims was an exiled community of religious separatists living in Holland. The original members of this community had fled England in 1608, first settling in Amsterdam for a few years before making their way inland to the city of Leyden. In William Bradford's firsthand account of their time in Leyden, while considering it a "fair and beautiful city," the separatists were largely limited to employment that required "hard and continual labor," many in the cloth-making trades.

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