Did The Pilgrim Fathers Really Wear Black And Despise Sex?

Did the Pilgrim Fathers wear black and hate sex?
It seems like most of us take it as a given that the Pilgrim Fathers wore lots of buckles, were deeply religious, hated sex and landed on Plymouth Rock etc. but how much of this stuff is real and how much is myth?

And Did They Really Eat Turkey Etc And Wear Black At Their Thanksgiving Festival?


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13 Responses to Did The Pilgrim Fathers Really Wear Black And Despise Sex?

  1. MacTheKnife says:

    The pilgrims may or may not have eaten turkey at Thanksgiving, but you can be sure that they ate deer, and that they ate it with their hands.

    What they didn’t have however was corn on the cob, potatoes, apples, pears or cranberries.

    The Victorians made Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863 and they’re the ones that added all of the above, and the Pilgrims didn’t become a part of the festival until well into the 19th century.

    • Those guys would have to marry 18 year olds very five years as each older one died in childbirth just to make sure there were enough babies to make it past the infancy diseases. Of course there was sex, and tons of it, I’m sure.

  2. Gladys says:

    Far from being against, or even “hating sex”, it was considered a God given responsibility to engage in it.

    In fact when one member of the First Church of Boston refused to have conjugal relations with his wife two years running, he was expelled from the church, and a Puritan minister by the name of Cotton Mather chastised a married couple who had abstained from sex in order to achieve a “higher spirituality” and he wrote that they were the victims of “blind zeal”.

  3. yellowstone says:

    According to the Plimoth Plantation historian James W. Baker, the early settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present-day Plymouth, Massachusetts did not dress in black, they might however have worn buckles, but they rarely if ever wore black steeple hats.

  4. brightone69 says:

    If Thanksgiving was only about the family and religion as most of us have come to believe, then why would the Pilgrims has invited the Indians?

  5. no-shmuck says:

    Did The Pilgrims Hold The First Thanksgiving?

    Texans claim the first Thanksgiving in America actually took place in little San Elizario, a community near El Paso, in 1598 which was about twenty-three years before the Pilgrims’ festival.

    Then again, Virginians claim that the first Thanksgiving in America was held at the Berkeley Plantation on the James River on December 4th, 1619 which was two years before the Pilgrims’ festival.

  6. Big Believer says:

    Contrary to popular belief, the pilgrims did not wear mostly black with white collars and cuffs and those clothes were not seen until after 1632.

    The pilgrims’ religion did not ban bright and colorful clothing, so they wore many bright colors, but they were always solid ones.

    The women and girls wore solid-color, ankle-length skirts and the women wore one-piece dresses or skirts with a bodice.

    The single-piece dresses were all one color, and the full skirt was gathered at the waist and at the top and the sleeves were long.

    The two-piece skirt and bodice dresses could be the same color, or the skirt could be a different color than the bodice.

    The women also wore coifs and biggins, or bonnets, which were used to keep their hair clean.

    The boys wore the same clothing as their fathers and the men’s clothing was made of solid-colored material and used the same colors that women wore.

    Shirts were long-sleeved and buttoned down the middle and the men and boys also wore shirts similar to modern sweatshirts, but these “blouses” were loose-fitting.

    Pants, called breeches, were baggy and were held on at the waist with a belt, and the breeches were gathered below the knees with garters tied in a bow.

    Both the men and boys wore solid-color stockings and the colors of all three pieces could be the same or all three could be different.

    The hats the men and boys wore looked like stocking caps of today, and the men also wore floppy felt hats.

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  9. kelli says:

    Honestly, beliefs of some people are undefinable. I don’t know what makes them do that. Modern day believers doesn’t really engaged in these kind of activity. There might be but they turn into obsession.

  10. Angeleah says:

    The Pilgrim Fathers Really Wear Black And Hate Sex? hmmmm maybe but I don’t think so. I never heard of it once in my life just now.

  11. What is the history would be the one is true, if they really hated sex they are likely a pope or priest in Roman Catholic that they are not being indulge in it. Thanksgiving is the celebration in u.s that there main food is turkey.

  12. fred says:

    Their leadership came from the religious congregations of Brownist English Dissenters who had fled the volatile political environment in the East Midlands of England for the relative calm and tolerance of Holland in the Netherlands. Concerned with losing their cultural identity, the group later arranged with English investors to establish a new colony in North America. The colony, established in 1620, became the second successful English settlement (after the founding of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607) and later the oldest continuously inhabited British settlement in what was to become the United States of America. The Pilgrims’ story of seeking religious freedom has become a central theme of the history and culture of the United States.