From 1630 to 1651, William Bradford wrote a history of Plymouth, the very colony he helped to establish and govern. Never published in his lifetime, the handwritten manuscript was lost during the Revolutionary War, and was rediscovered and published for the first time in 1856. In this new edition, Caleb Johnson has added many valuable footnotes, and included many relevant photos and illustrations. Also included here with Bradford’s History is the complete text of the Pilgrims’ journals chronicling the first year at Plymouth. These exciting first-hand journals capture the day-by-day details of the explorations and adventures of the Pilgrims.
Caleb Johnson is a leading researcher and historian of the Mayflower passengers and early Plymouth Colony. He has published numerous scholarly and genealogical articles in academic, peer-reviewed publications, and is the author of several books, including The Mayflower and Her Passengers (Xlibris, 2005). He has also edited a number of primary source materials, including William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation (Xlibris, 2006). Caleb is also the author and web developer of the popular MayflowerHistory.com website. Caleb is himself a descendant of nine Mayflower passengers—but not of Stephen Hopkins—and is a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.