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John Lacy, a Restoration actor and playwright, satirised puritans, including in his role as Mr Scruple in The Cheats by John Wilson (right). John Michael Wright (died 1694/National Portrait Gallery

Mayflower 400: how society feared and ridiculed puritans

Puritans were often depicted as fools until they had a shot at government, and then the humour got darker.
Principled revolutionaries: the Pilgrim Monument at Provincetown, Massachusetts. TWA Photography via Shutterstock

Mayflower 400: were the Pilgrims asylum seekers or subversives?

Puritan leaders argued vehemently for a church to be free of any higher authority – which caused problems in England and the new world.
Plimoth Plantation, in Plymouth, Mass., is a living museum that’s a replica of the original settlement, which existed for 70 years. Wikimedia Commons

The complicated legacy of the Pilgrims is finally coming to light 400 years after they landed in Plymouth

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.

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