Friday, November 29, 2013

After the Mayflower came Fortune

Now that you've had your fill of turkey and possibly tales of the first Thanksgiving, 
pilgrims and the Mayflower, did you ever think about the ship that came to America next?

Of course not because the Mayflower always gets all the press. But here's the thing, the investors who sent the Mayflower to America didn't finance the journey because they were nice guys. They did it because they wanted to make money. So much so, they greedily named the second ship for the Fortune they were sure they would make. 

But the good ship Fortune didn't live up to it's name. By the time it reached Massachusetts with thirty-five people on board, it was out of much needed supplies - for both passengers on the Fortune and the colonists of Plymouth who were still short on food because while Thanksgiving was a great meal, the hard living continued after the feast.
Despite the hardships, the investors sent a letter demanding that the Fortune be filled with treasure and sent back to England immediately. It seems the boss is the boss no matter what time and place. 
According to accounts, the settlers rallied and filled the ship with what treasure they could - mostly furs. Then they got together to figure a way to buy themselves out of debt, but it took seven long years to achieve.  
So even after the feast, the Pilgrims had to work hard to get themselves out of a massive debt. Hmmm. It doesn't sound so different than the United States today. 

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