On November 11, 1620, the arrival of the Mayflower and the disembarkation of the Pilgrims near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, marked a significant moment in American history. In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of this event, the United States Postal Service issued a new Forever stamp.
The Pilgrims, a group of Puritans, left England due to their disagreements with the Church of England and sought religious freedom. They initially traveled to Holland but faced persecution there as well. Determined to start anew, they set their sights on the New World. On September 6, 1620, the Pilgrims embarked on their perilous journey across the Atlantic, despite the treacherous conditions of the season, which were known for strong western gales.
During their voyage, the Pilgrims encountered severe storms, including one that nearly destroyed the ship’s main beam. Through their resilience and perseverance, they managed to stabilize the Mayflower and continue their journey. Their unwavering commitment to their beliefs and their vision of a life free from religious persecution propelled them forward, and they eventually reached the shores of America.
The issuance of the Forever stamp by the U.S. Postal Service serves as a tribute to this historic event and the enduring legacy of the Pilgrims’ courage and determination.