American Minute with Bill Federer Mar. 19 - William Bradford, Pilgrim Governor
American Minute with Bill Federer
Mar. 19 - William Bradford, Pilgrim Governor
Spain won the first major naval victory over the Muslim Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.
Seventeen years later, in 1588, Spain sailed its Armada to capture England, but it was destroyed in a hurricane.
Two years later, a boy was born in England on MARCH 19, 1590.
His name was William Bradford.
age 17, the same year Shakespeare produced his play, "Anthony and
Cleopatra," William Bradford fled from England to Holland with the
At age 30, he sailed with them to America.
In 1621, William Bradford was chosen governor and reelected 30 times till his death.
The main history of the Pilgrims was William Bradford's journal, published as, Of Plymouth Plantation, 1650, in which he wrote:
ye first breaking out of ye lighte of ye gospell in our Honourable
Nation of England...what warrs and opposissions...Satan hath
raised...against the Saints...by bloody death and cruell
What could now sustaine them but ye spirite of God and His grace?...
Ought not the children of these fathers rightly say:
fathers...came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this
wilderness; but they cried unto ye Lord, and He heard their voyce."
William Bradford continued:
"All great and honourable actions are accompanied with great difficulties...
of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that
made all things of nothing...and, as one small candle may light a
thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some
sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the
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