It was all for the quest of exploring the unknown. It began when sailors from England crossed the Atlantic and reached Plymouth, Massachusetts enroute Virginia. Mayflower docked at Plymouth in December 1620, a place which the pilgrims called their home away from home (I know.. it sounds familiar! …but they did not cross the Atlantic to do their Masters)
Somehow, they survived winter (Macy’s was not yet built back in the day) and come spring, the natives of Plymouth welcomed them and made them feel at home. They helped the pilgrims with corn plantations. Later that year after a good harvest, the Englishmen expressed their gratitude towards the natives by inviting them for a feast — which later became the tradition of thanksgiving!
Soon the pilgrims settled here, colonized multiple locations on the east coast, multiplied in number and started local businesses to earn a living. (waiting for a green card or H4 EAD was not an issue back then). Ofcourse this additional income needed to be declared somewhere. They din’t have form 1040 – but that didn’t mean that they were tax exempt — the King of England started imposing taxes on the colonies. The colonies did not like this “Taxation without Representation” (wait.. again sounds familiar.. H1B!! — looks like history is about to repeat itself). This was something they did not take lightly and the rebellion started — culminating in declaration of Independence on July 4th! The colonies were free from the English regulations.
On the occasion on 4th of July, we visited Plymouth, MA – a classic all white new england town just an hour south from Boston. The “natives” were looking at us as some aliens from far away land. We saw the parade and tried to be a part of their festivities. For us.. it was a great day to be out in one of the very first colonies on this land – engaging with the localites and understanding their history. Understanding how it all started on the land which later became the world’s leading economy!!
I still fail to understand why it is “Happy 4th” and not “Happy Independence Day”
Well.. until I do… Have a great 4th!