The First Year was Rough for the Pilgrims
Of the 102 voyagers on the Mayflower, only 53 survived the first year to celebrate the “original Thanksgiving” in Nov 1621. Of the 18 adult women who made the voyage, 14 died in the first year. The Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth has a really interesting graphic illustrating the decimation of the early settlers. (See colonist before and after the first year).
Photos by Jim Steinhart, phototravelbase.com.