Some See Irony in COVID’s Impact on Mayflower Commemoration

PLYMOUTH (AP) – A disease outbreak that wiped out large numbers of the Native inhabitants of what is now New England gave the Pilgrims a beachhead in the “New World.”

So, some historians find it ironic that a pandemic has put many of the 400th anniversary commemorations of the Mayflower’s landing on hold.

Disease introduced by European settlers and traders — either by happenstance or intention — is believed by many to have played an important role in the conquest of Native people.

Wampanoag medicine man Troy Currence sees the current pandemic as a sign that the world is out of balance.

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