Far from it! The settlers actually built Plymouth on top of an abandoned Patuxet village that had been wiped out by disease.
(narrator) Wait, what? (Adam) As a result, most of the work had been done for them.
Patuxet already had cleared fields, fresh water, and pre-built homes.
We are super unprepared for this whole settling thing, so we really need a place that’s, uh, move-in ready.
This abandoned village is priced to sell, and that price is zero.
Eh, Pilgrims can’t be choosers.
(narrator) They took over a dead tribe’s village? That’s disturbing.
(groaning) Yeah, and they also ate corn and beans the Patuxet people had buried years earlier.
Jackpot! (narrator) Geez, Pilgrims really liked their corn.
Not even gonna boil it first, huh? Hmm, well, they had to survive.
They had no choice, right? But they did have a choice of whether or not they dug up graves.
And according to the settlers’ own journals, that’s exactly what they did.
Francis, are you seriously writing this down? Keep this shit a secret, man!
While history books teach of the Pilgrims industrious Plymouth Colony, how it was actually settled might come as a surprise.
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In Adam Ruins Everything, host Adam Conover employs a combination of comedy, history and science to dispel widespread misconceptions about everything we take for granted. A blend of entertainment and enlightenment, Adam Ruins Everything is like that friend who knows a little bit too much about everything and is going to tell you about it… whether you like it or not.
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