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16/09/1620 Mayflower departs for America

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Deconstructing History: Mayflower | History

In early September, western gales began to make the North Atlantic a dangerous place for sailing. The Mayflower's provisions were already quite low when departing Southampton, and they became lower still by delays of more than a month. The passengers had been on board the ship for this entire time, and they were quite worn out and in no condition for a lengthy Atlantic journey cooped up in cramped spaces in a small ship.