Sunday, July 05, 2009

Rock Solid History

It's surprising, and a little disappointing, to find that Plymouth Rock is sunken several feet below ground level behind an iron fence and beneath a stone masonry canopy.

If something hadn't been done, however, it would be sand by now. Tourists simply aren't to be trusted:
The Rock as it exists today is estimated to be only about 1/3 to 1/2 of its original size - the top half has been dragged around town, broken, chipped away at by 18th and 19th century souvenir hunters.
The laugh's on them, nevertheless. Plymouth Rock, it seems, may be nothing more than the delusion of a 95-year old man, some 121 years after the Pilgrims landed.

What's that? you say. Next, you'll be telling us the Puritans weren't really in favor of freedom of religion.

That's right. They weren't.

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