I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of Mayflower 400 virtual journey. Click here to see Mayflower 400 Leiden Part 1.
One of the things I liked about the virtual journey is the insertion of video clips from each of the Nations “coordinators”, for lack of a better word. The clips were shown as Michael Roumen, Director “Leiden 400” proceeded to the next stop. They talked about why each nation joined the Mayflower 400. Click on Mayflower 400 for the four hour virtual tour that includes those clips. It was not just about the Pilgrims’ journey from England, to the Netherlands, to America. It was about Freedom, Obsession and Migration. For the first time in celebration the Wampanoag Nation is also being recognized.
Let us continue this four nation, England, Netherlands, United States and Wampanoag, virtual tour of Leiden, Holland, with a time of Reflection and Ponderance.
Why would the Pilgrims leave their mother country? England in 1609, the year the English born men, women and children, left was a Catholic Sovereign nation under James the 1st. They were of the Protestant faith, not allowed to practice it for the past six years. Since James 1, son of Mary, Queen of Scots became King of England in 1603. Most likely they started to question themselves.
The NorthernLight exhibition at the “Museum De Lakenhal,” provides an opportunity for Reflection of then and now..I’m going to let you ponder these questions from the exhibition, before I proceed with our Mayflower 400-Leiden tour in my next blog post.
Can I Be Who I Am? Is just appropriate in today’s society of World Wide COVID-19 Pandemic as it was for those travelers to be in 1609.
In 1609, Do I leave my family, friends, and home to go where I can be me.
In Today’s world, Do I venture to the store, a restaurant and to a friend’s home and risk the chance of getting COVID-19. A virus that might not kill me, but someone I love I transferred it to.
In 1609, it was a choice of starting a new life in a strange land.
In Today’s world, it is more about proceeding forward in a different lifestyle than before the pandemic.
In 1609, it was about, not only religious freedom, but freedom of the “populated” country they journeyed to. It was not un-popluated as they thought.
In Today’s world, it is more about what is our freedom? Consider Life or Death of each other.
Is there really much difference between 1609 and today? I’m not talking about technology. I’m talking about people. How they think. How they act. How they proceed in life.
Please take time to reflect on then and now. I will be back with more of the Mayflower 400 -Leiden virtual tour in Blog post 3, with our host, Michael Roumen, Director “Leiden 400” and Jori Zijlmans- Curator History “Museum De Lakenhal.”
Leiden 400 Virtual, Mayflower400 UK Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Mayflower400UK/videos/515258389407633/?v=297663821229983¬if_id=1589822198004787¬if_t=live_video_explicit ,accessed 16 May 2020,