Feb 17, 1621 CE: Standish Elected in Plymouth

Feb 17, 1621 CE: Standish Elected in Plymouth

On February 17, 1621, Miles Standish was elected commander of the Pilgrim community in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


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On February 17, 1621, Capt. Miles Standish was elected commander, or military leader, of the Pilgrims in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. Miles would have this position for the rest of his long life. Miles was an experienced soldier. The Pilgrims hired him to help them start a new British colony in the “New World.” Miles and the Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, from Southampton, England, to North America, on a ship called the Mayflower. Miles was an important part of Plymouth Colony. He helped build homes and other buildings, and trained the Pilgrims to use weapons. He fought in battles against Native Americans such as the Massachusett and Narragansett, but made peace treaties with other Native Americans, such as the Wampanoag.

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