On this date, December 19, 1620, the Pilgrims, low on beer, made landfall at Plymouth Rock. Their intention was to come ashore in the religious tolerant colony of New Amsterdam, but overshot. Desperate, they landed in cold seas; Pilgrim William Bradford explained it was because “…for we could not now take much time for further search or consideration, our victuals being much spent, especially our beer….”

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