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The 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Set and Sheet Set

This set of six stamps tells the story of the Mayflower and the individuals involved within the pilgrimage. Each stamp depicts a key event and / or person in the history of the voyage and is designed to reflect the time period during which the pilgrimage occurred.

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  • 2020 marks 400 years since the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, UK and on to discover the New World, now known as the United States. The ship has become a cultural icon in the history of the United States and more than 30 million people can trace their ancestry back to the 102 passengers and approximately 30 crew aboard the Mayflower when it landed in Plymouth Bay, Massachusetts. These individuals would go on to greatly influence the future of the United States of America.

    This set of six stamps pictorially tells the tale of the Mayflower and the individuals involved within the pilgrimage. Each stamp depicts a key event and/or person in the history of the voyage is designed to reflect the time period during which the pilgrimage happened.

    1st -  The Departure of the Mayflower: To display the Mayflower on its departure from Plymouth, UK. This stamp would picture the Ship amidst the stormy weather it faced at sea on its famous voyage.

    EU - The Arrival at Plymouth Rock: This stamp displays the Pilgrims as they prepare to step ashore at Plymouth Rock for the first time. The Mayflower can be seen anchored in the background. This pivotal moment marked the start of a new period of civilisation in North America.

    Large - The Signing of the Compact: This stamp shows the Pilgrims as they sign the Mayflower Compact aboard the ship on 11th November, 1620. The compact symbolised the establishment of an independent democratic government that still affirmed allegiance to the Crown of England.

    RoW -  The Peace Treaty: Displays the Pilgrims and the Wamponaog tribe chief Massasoit, as they ceremoniously sign a peace treaty. The treaty marked the beginning of a peaceful relationship; the Wamponaog taught the Pilgrims how to farm the land. Likewise, the Pilgrims provided healthcare and nursed Massasoit back to health.

    £1.85 - Myles Standish: This stamp depicts Myles Standish, our Manx connection within the issue. Myles was an influential and key member of the Mayflower voyage. He played a large role in the defence of the colony during its infancy. In 1621 he was elected by his fellows to act as first commander, a position he held for the remainder of his life.

    £2.50 -  The First Church in New England

    ‘The Landing at Plymouth Rock’ stamp is our contribution to the Ancient Postal Routes Europa 2020 project.

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