Plymouth has strong ties with America. The famous
Mayflower ship in 1620 set sail from the Mayflower Steps
with 102 passengers and 30 crew members for America. These pilgrims settled on what is now known as Plymouth, Massachusetts.
You can read more about this remarkable journey here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayflower
In America, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.
The Mayflower Steps as seen today on the Plymouth Barbican
Strong links to
the Mayflower Ship can be seen throughout Plymouth from the
Mayflower Museum in the Tourist Information Centre (located
near the Mayflower Steps)
to models the one pictured in the image above, which is found in the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery
It is rumoured the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night in the distillery before embarking onto the Mayflower Ship.
Videos showing the Mayflower Ship replica leaving the Plymouth Barbican and arriving in America back in 1957.
The Plymouth Mayflower Steps Website will be expanded to include the latest information from the Mayflower 2020 celebrations from both sides of the Atlantic