Carla Pestana (Distinguished Professor of History and Appleby Chair, University of California, Los Angeles)
November 18, 2021
Plymouth Plantation is widely known as the site of a number of events important to early American history: the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the landing on a rock, a meeting with an indigenous man, a celebratory meal. Writers beginning in the 18th century extolled these moments, and over time they came to carry great symbolic weigh in explaining the origins and nature of the United States. The popular images of Plymouth treat it as isolated and singular, when in fact the plantation was connected to other places and dependent on those connections for its very survival. This talk will explore those connections and how they change our perception of Plymouth.