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William Bradford begins a journal of the Pilgrims' experience in New England, subsequently published (in 1856) as History of Plymouth Plantation       
1621 autumn
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The Mayflower settlers in Plymouth offer thanksgiving for their first harvest, eating turkeys in a celebration shared by local Indians       
William Bradford, one of the Pilgrims from the Mayflower, is elected governor of the new Plymouth Colony       
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A sudden attack by Powhatan Indians, led by their chieftain Opechancanough against the English colony at Jamestown, results in the death of more than 300 settlers       
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A British colony is founded in Barbados and within fifteen years has 18,000 settlers   See in Google maps   
c. 1630
Rival Dutch, English and French colonies are established in Guiana, the northeast coast of south America      
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John Winthrop, appointed governor of the new Massachusetts Bay Company, sails from England with 700 settlers       
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John Winthrop selects the site of Boston for the first Massachusetts settlement       
John Winthrop, arriving in Massachusetts, begins the journal that is eventually published as The History Of New England       
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Maryland is granted to Lord Baltimore as a haven for English Roman Catholics