Photographer's Note

Plymouth has been associated with the voyages of pioneers and colonists for centuries- so it's hardly surprising the city is the inspiration for around 50 places of the same name around the world.

In 1585, Sir Richard Grenville led what was probably England's first expedition to colonise the New World.Seven ships sailed from Sutton Harbour to Roanoke Island, in what is now North Carolina.

Despite several attempts to establish themselves over the following five years, most returned home.Those that remained are believed to have been 'adopted' by native Indian tribes.

A quirk of fate gave Plymouth its historic connection with the Pilgrim Fathers- the group of Puritans who famously built the first permanent settlement and were founders of the American constitution.

They had originally set off from Southampton in two ships;the Speedwell and the Mayflower,in August 1620.But the Speedwell was not up to the voyage and they were forced back twice due to leaks.
They eventually made the perilous journey across the Atlantic from Plymouth on board the Mayflower- landing on the coast of Massachusetts on 21st December 1620 at a spot now called Plymouth Rock.

It may have been by accident, but the Pilgrims couldn't have picked a better port for help and encouragement and they later expressed their gratitude for all the kindness they received during their time here, in Plymouth.

The original quay that they departed from disappeared long ago, but the Mayflower Steps are a symbol of where the Pilgrims last set foot on English soil.

As you look through the arch you can see a small balcony,stand on this and to your right there are some steps as a reminder of that journey made so long ago.

If you visit this arch you will be able to read many plaques which help explain the significance of Plymouth's maritime roots.

[Notes taken from www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2005/06/07/coast05]

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