Crime & Punishment in Plymouth Colony

By Wendy Murray Thanksgiving approaches and, amid giving thanks, the sojourners at Plymouth had plenty of problems to contend with in forming their system of governing in the precarious and hostile environment they confronted upon landing on Cape Cod. The following information, which delineates the crimes and judgments they rendered, comes from the website Mayflower History, whose research is gratefully acknowledged.Records from Plymouth Colony's earliest courts have actually survived a … [Read more...]

The Boston Massacre of 2013 ~ Boylston Street

 The first Boston Massacre, known as the Incident on King Street, (March 1770), remains a pivotal point which, in the pre-Revolution formative years of what was destined to become "the United States," would define the Commonwealth and the nation. British troops had been stationed in Boston, then, the capital of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, to protect crown-appointed colonial officials attempting to enforce unpopular Parliamentary legislation.Tensions were high among the … [Read more...]