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The very first Americans

By: Newt and Callista Gingrich 11/21/2012 06:10 AM

It was 392 years ago this month that a small band of religious pilgrims from England agreed in writing how they would govern their new settlement at Plymouth. Their covenant began, “In the name of God, Amen.

Today, we know their agreement as the Mayflower Compact, and these pioneers as the Pilgrims.

They would have considered themselves among the earliest English settlers in the colonies — but in fact, they were some of the very first Americans.

These Pilgrims left their homes and came to this continent with nothing, to build for themselves a new life, to find freedom, and to participate in the great experiment of self-government.

That tremendous act of faith has been repeated many times in the four centuries since, by the millions of people who followed them to America to become a part of this incredible country.

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