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Myles Standish and the Defense of the Plymouth Colony

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Myles Standish Beheld takes place in 1630 at the Plymouth settlement in what would later become Massachusetts and features several characters taken from the real-life history of the colony. One of these is Myles Standish, a decorated soldier who arrived in 1620 on the Mayflower with the first group of English pilgrims and served as Plymouth's head of defense. He was involved in several clashes with the Indigenous population, most notably the Wampanoag nation.

Standish was born circa 1584 in either Lancashire or the Isle of Man (this is a subject of debate among historians). In the early years of the 17th century, serving as a lieutenant in the English army, he was sent to Holland to support the Dutch in their Eighty Years' War against Spain. It seems he stayed on after this war ended, as he met a group of English Calvinists living in Leiden around 1620. They had fled England because of religious persecution and they planned to set out once more for unfamiliar terrain—the so-called New ...

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