Celebrating Mayflower 400 with Hampshire’s Stephen Hopkins
by John Haden and the Aries Project Schools
Price: £5.99 Post Band B
This is the story of the only one of the 102 passengers who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 and became known to history as the Pilgrim Fathers, who had been to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean before.
Stephen Hopkins, born into a farming family in the Hampshire village of Upper Clatford, found his way by a series of extraordinary circumstances onto the ship, the Sea Venture, which was sent in 1609, to relieve the struggling Jamestown Colony in Virginia but which was wrecked on the Bahamas. The passengers and crew built themselves boats to complete the voyage to Jamestown, only to be caught in the ‘starving time’, when the Colony almost failed. Hopkins witnessed the marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe and then, when his first wife died in England, returned to remarry and start a new family in London, taking them with him on the Mayflower in 1620. He was a key contributor to the success of the Plymouth Plantation and is remembered by thousands of Americans, who trace their lineage back to him, but his exciting story is little known in England – until now!