For the Thanksgiving holiday I wanted to create a maze in honor of the Pilgrims that inspired the holiday. This maze is based on the ship that these brave souls sailed across the ocean, The Mayflower.
The story of this voyage is incredible and it’s amazing any pilgrims were able to survive the journey. Originally they planned to take two boats but they couldn’t stop the other ship from leaking. This issue meant that they shoved off much later than they planned with an overloaded boat. The delay caused them to run into storms on the second half of the two month trip. When they finally disembarked in Cape Cod over half the Pilgrims and crew were dead.
When the Pilgrims came ashore they were shocked to be greeted by Native Americans who could speak English. One of these Native Americans, Squanto, helped setup an alliance with the local Wampanoag tribe. Pilgrims learn how to farm and survive in New England from the Wampanoag. When their harvest was ready they celebrated with a three day feast. This feast with the Wampanoag tribe is what we think of as the “original” Thanksgiving dinner.
Above is the Mayflower maze before adding the color. The picture shows what the mazes look like with only the marker outlines. This maze is similar to my Big Ben and Ireland maze. It’s also a nice counterpart to my previous North American Turkey maze.
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