Recreating the Mayflower and its crew and passengers from a few vague accounts took a lot of technical know-how.
Puritans were often depicted as fools until they had a shot at government, and then the humour got darker.
Letter writing helped this small but close community continue their way of life.
When a shipload of puritan colonisers set sail for the New World, maritime science and navigation were fairly unsophisticated.
Puritan leaders argued vehemently for a church to be free of any higher authority – which caused problems in England and the new world.
Descendants from the Pilgrims were keen to highlight their ancestors' role in the country's founding. But their sanitized version of events is only now starting to be told in full.
A globalization expert shares two surprising tales of how the powerful winds of trans-Atlantic trade affected the quintessentially American holiday.