Maps & Timeline

1620 TIMELINE

 

JULY 15

Mayflower departed from London

 

JULY 19

Mayflower arrived at Southampton harbor

 

JULY 22

Speedwell departed from Delfshaven

 

JULY 25

Speedwell arrived at Southampton harbor

 

AUGUST 5

Both ships departed from Southampton harbor

 

AUGUST 10

Both ships turned back; Speedwell was leaking

 

AUGUST 12

Both ships arrived at Dartmouth harbor;

Speedwell was repaired

 

AUGUST 23

Both ships departed from Dartmouth harbor

 

AUGUST 26

Both ships turned back; Speedwell still leaking

 

AUGUST 28

Both ships arrived at Plymouth harbor; Speedwell deemed "unseaworthy"

 

SEPTEMBER 6

Mayflower departed without Speedwell from Plymouth harbor for America

 

NOVEMBER 9

Sighted land at Cape Cod; turned south along coast; sailed into dangerous waters and turned back

 

NOVEMBER 11

Mayflower anchored at Cape Cod harbor

 

DECEMBER 25

Attempted to sail across bay to Plymouth;

wind was too strong; returned to Cape Cod harbor

 

DECEMBER 26

Mayflower sailed across bay, anchored at Plymouth harbor

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DID YOU KNOW?

1. Virginia Territory referred to land in America claimed by England. The territory was named after Queen Elizabeth, who was known as the Virgin Queen. The Mayflower's intended destination was not in present-day Virginia.

2. The Universalis Cosmographia, created by Martin Waldseemüller in 1507, is the first map of the Americas in which the name "America" is mentioned.

3. The Pilgrims almost certainly had access to a map of "New England" published by Captain John Smith in 1616.

4. Plymouth was not named by the Pilgrims; John Smith had already named the area [New] Plimouth on his 1616 map.