The True Story of the Mayflower Voyage

Stanford University

Caroline Winterer is William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies, as well as the Department Chair, at Stanford University. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, she also is a recipient of an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution for mapping the social network of Benjamin Franklin. She is the author of several books, including “American Enlightenments: Pursuing Happiness in the Age of Reason,” and her latest, entitled “Time in Maps: From the Age of Discovery to our Digital Era.”


September 16, 2020 was the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s departure from England to America Today, that event — and the Pilgrims’ land at Plymouth Rock — is one of the most iconic moments in American history. But what’s real? What is just legend? And how do we know the difference? Join us for a look backward at America long before it was the United States of America.



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