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Pilgrim Fathers, the name of a group of English Congregationalists who came to America on the Mayflower, arriving in Massachusetts on 11 December 1620, the first settlers in this area. These English Separatists had lived for some time at Leiden in the Netherlands. In their strict church life they were somewhat akin to the Anabaptists. They were influenced in the origin of their group (about 1595) by Dutch Mennonites, but soon adopted more Caivinistic views on baptism and predestination.


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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1959

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