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1) If you go to New Plymouth, a small town in the USA, you will see there a rock to which many tourists come to think of the first English settlers who landed near that rock more than three hundred years ago.

2) It was in November 1620. A small ship «The Mayflower» left England.

3) After seven long weeks the people on «The Mayflower» saw land at last. It was America.

4) Soon the settlers found the place to build their village there. In. January 1621, there were already two streets in this first English settlement in the USA, and they called the place New Plymouth.

5) When winter came the life in New Plymouth became very hard and many settlers died.

6) One day some Indians came to New Plymouth. They called the English people «Yankee» as they could not say the word «Englishman». Since that time «Yankee» has been the name of a white man in America.

7) When spring came the people of New Plymouth began to plant corn and maize.

8 ) In autumn the crops were very good and the people of New Plymouth decided to make a holiday dinner.

9) The Indians came to their dinner and brought some wild turkeys as a present.

10) The people of New Plymouth called their holiday Thanksgiving Day. Since that day Thanksgiving Day has been a great holiday in the USA.

#1. (…) What does the word «Yankee» mean?

#2. (…) When did a small ship «The Mayflower» leave England?

#3. (…) What was the reason for the death of many settlers?

#4. (…) What was the first settlement of the Englishmen in America?

#5. (…) Why is the rock in New Plymouth the most popular place of interest?

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