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The Winthrop Fleet of 1630: An Account of the Vessels, the Voyage, the Passengers and their English Homes from Original Authorities - Charles Edward Banks. Softcover, (1930), repr. 2002, Index, Append., Maps, 132 pp.
Genealogical research and history combine in these pages to provide valuable insight into the voyage of the Winthrop Fleet and other related ships in 1630. Early attempts at settlement in the new colonies and religious, social, and economic influences in England provide a wealth of background for the “Great Emigration” of men with the “courage to break away from the land of their fathers” and “cross an uncharted ocean.” The Reverend John White with the help of Colonel John Humphrey and Thomas Dudley formed the Massachusetts Bay Company that drew into its circle, John Winthrop, who became Governor of the fleet. The Winthrop Fleet “carried the largest number of Englishmen sailing as passengers in one body across the Atlantic up to that event.” The departure of these eleven ships is credited with establishing the enterprise of passenger travel in England. Mr. Banks allows the reader a glimpse into the voyage and the lives of the passengers and provides passenger lists, including names, family information, places of origin and settlement, occupations, birth and death dates and bibliographic resources. Alphabetized lists and full name, place and subject indices provide easy access to information for the researcher.