English Class: American Literature

Cotton, Winthrop, and Rowlandson

Three well-known Puritan figures in the 1600s were John Cotton (1585-1652), John Winthrop (1588-1649), and Mary Rowlandson (1637-1711). John Cotton gave his notable sermon God’s Promise To His Plantation in 1630 to a group of Puritan colonists who were about to sail to the New World under John Winthrop’s governorship. John Winthrop also gave a sermon before or… Continue reading Cotton, Winthrop, and Rowlandson

English Class: American Literature

Lessons From Plymouth Plantation

In the early 1600s there was a group of Separatists who lived in Scrooby, England who were being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Their difficulties increased as they continued to worship outside of the Church of England, and in 1609 this group of Separatists finally made their way to Holland in search of freedom to worship as they wished. However,… Continue reading Lessons From Plymouth Plantation

English Class: American Literature

Two Accounts Of The Americas

In 1537 Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca wrote his memoir, La Relación. In it he recounts many of the adventures he faced on the ten-year long expedition in the Americas. After leaving Spain in 1527 many tragedies befell the expedition, and of the initial 300 men that landed in Florida only Cabeza de Vaca and three others made it… Continue reading Two Accounts Of The Americas