Pilgrim Fathers, Mayflower trail and Leiden: let’s celebrate 400 years of history!
The city of Leiden in the Netherlands has been for over a decade the home base of the Pilgrim Fathers. In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers left Leiden and sailed with the ship ‘Mayflower’ to the New World. This is one of the most important crossings in history: they became the founding fathers of The United States of America. In 2020 this is 400 years ago. The city of Leiden, being part of the ‘Mayflower Trail’ will celebrate this with serveral events during that year.
The story of the 'Pilgrim Fathers' and the Mayflower began long before the ship sailed in 1620. Most of them were from the Midlands; a group of people travelled to the Netherlands to escape religious prosecution. From Leiden they went on a journey to build a new life in 'the New World'. The Wampanoag tribe in Plymouth Massachusetts played an important role in their lives from the moment the Pilgrim Fathers landed in the New World.