Story Telling in Colonial America

By Lan Jiang

In the early 17th century,  England had sunk into economic problems. Plenty of people lost their jobs, even some skilled workers. They started planning to move to America, the new land which provided more freedom and opportunities.

These colonists mostly came by ships and were faced with really hard conditions. Thousands of people died on the voyage.

When they got here, the first and only things these survivors saw were numerous trees. “The small birds were taking their farewell banquets. In the fulness of their revelry, they fluttered, chirping and frolicking, from bush to bush, and tree to tree, capricious from the very profusion and variety around them.”

Fortunately, Native Americans were friendly to them. They provided corn, pumpkins and other crops to support their lives. Also, they sent people to teach these colonists farming, building and hunting. They taught them how to survive in this brand new environment, supporting them to go through their hardest time.

Luckily, the thick forest ensured enough firewood for cooking and building. They learned skills from Native Americans such as building cabins for shelter and ships for importing and exporting goods. The forest also provide a perfect condition for hunting which ensured their food resource.

William Bradford, the first governor of Massechusetts, said during the first Thanksgiving, quoting Phillipians 4:6-7 said, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” No matter what we’re doing, we must always pray and let God know our problems, so He can bring peace into our hearts and we can give thanks to Him.