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Edward Winslow was an English Separatist who was one of the Pilgrims to arrive in Plymouth, Massachusetts back in 1620. He was one of the leaders of the Plymouth Colony.
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Key Facts & Information
- Edward Winslow was born in Droitwich, Worcestershire on October 18, 1595, to Edward Winslow Sr. and Magdalene Oliver.
- Winslow studied in King’s School in Worcester for five years from 1606 to 1611.
- He married Elizabeth Barker in 1618.
- He and his wife Elizabeth would later on flee England to escape religious persecution under the reign of King James I.
Becoming A Separatist
- He became the apprentice of London stationer John Beale starting in August 1613.
- He was bound by a contract to Beale for eight years but he was not able to complete that term.
- In 1617, he became an English exile when he joined the Separatist Church in Leiden, Netherlands.
- In the Separatist Church, he was a big help to William Brewster who managed a clandestine printing press.
- In 1618, Brewster and assistant Winslow published a tract that was critical of the English church and King James I.
- The news reached King James I and he ordered English officials to arrest William Brewster.
- Brewster went in hiding, causing problems for the Separatists because they needed his leadership the most at this time.
- The Separatists prepared for their voyage to Massachusetts.
- Edward became one of the leaders, alongside William Bradford, Isaac Fullerton, and Samuel Fuller, of the Separatists in the Leiden church.
- They were responsible for corresponding with London agents Robert Cushman and John Carver so that the congregation could travel to America.
- The trip was later financed by a group of businessmen called Merchant Adventurers.
- The Separatist group including Winslow, his wife, and his brother Gilbert, traveled on the Mayflower.
- Also in their care was their family servant, George, and two young ones, Elias and Elinor.
- The Mayflower set out to America with 102 passengers on September 6, 1620.
- For many months, the passengers suffered from harsh conditions in the ship such as unsanitary living and lack of food.
- There were a couple of deaths on the way to Massachusetts, but their numbers dropped when they reached Plymouth.
- About half of the Separatists died from the very cold winter.
- It took three months for the Mayflower landed on Cape Cod (Provincetown Harbor). It was November 11, 1620.
- The Mayflower Compact was made that time as the group’s governing document.
- Winslow was one of the 41 Separatists who signed the Mayflower Compact.
- The Plymouth Colony was the group of Separatists, also called Pilgrims, who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- On March 24, 1621, Winslow’s wife Elizabeth died.
- In May that same year, Winslow remarried.
- He married a fellow Pilgrim named Susanna White.
- They were the first to marry in the Plymouth Colony.
- William Bradford officiated their civil wedding ceremony.
- Edward Winslow and Susanna had five children, named Edward, Josiah, John, Elizabeth, and one unidentified.
- Winslow became a stepdad to Susanna’s children from her previous marriage.
- His stepsons were Resolved White and Peregrine White.
- Winslow acted as a middleman between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians who had settled in the region before they had.
- Winslow won over the trust and alliance of Indian Chief Massasoit.
- Winslow was the governor of the Plymouth Colony in the years 1633, 1636, and 1644.
- He was a council member from 1624 to 1647.
- His son, Josiah, also became a governor of the colony from 1673 to 1679.
- In 1624, he was assigned as a commissioner of the United Colonies of New England.
- He was being sent to England to negotiate on behalf of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies.
- At age 51, he left for a mission and never came back to Massachusetts.
- Edward Winslow was also a writer as he wrote the bulk of what is now Plymouth Colony’s known history.
- His writings are Good News from New England (1624); Hypocrisie Unmasked (1646); New England’s Salamander (1647); and The Danger of Tolerating Levelers in a Civil State (1649).
- He shares credit with John Eliot and Thomas Mayhew Jr. in The Glorious Progress of the Gospel amongst the Indians in New England (1649).
- He provided testimony, together with William Bradford, in Mourt’s Relation, which is one of the sources of The First Thanksgiving.
- “Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors”
-Edward Winslow writing about the first Thanksgiving, December 1621
- Winslow died at age 59 on May 8, 1655 at sea close to Jamaica.
- He was assigned to govern a new colony in the West Indies but he never made it: he got ill at sea and eventually died.
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- Edward Winslow Facts
- Winslow’s Life
- Titles and Achievements
- Order of Events
- Reformed Religion
- The Mayflower
- Winslow The Leader
- Plymouth Governors
- About Thanksgiving
- Winslow Writes
- Mourt’s Relation
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