Unfashionable today as they were then (how history travels in circles!) the Puritans came to The New World to create a society that would honor God as they saw it. Their zeal and dedication carried them through terrible hardships. Setting high goals, it tempts the hypocrisy haters to focus on the gaps between actual achievements and goals. But even if there is a little bit of Don Quixote in their aspirations, was it still better to try and fail than to not try at all?
For 8 years, they resided in Leyden, Holland. Unhappy there, they decided to emigrate with a “great hope and inward zeal of laying some good foundation for the propagating and advancing of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in these remote parts of the world; yea, though they should be but as stepping-stones to others for performing of so great a work.”
New series Pilgrims Settle Plymouth starts here: http://historyweblog.com/2015/10/where-pilgrims-go/