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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 18:02:24 EDT


"Bunker Hill and Plymouth Rock are perhaps subject to the most confusion and
error of all shrines. Bunker Hill owes its famous reputation to a case of
mistaken identity. The famous battle actually took place on Breeds Hill, a smaller
mound nearby. The patriots had been under orders to secure Bunker Hill but
decided for unknown reasons to throw up their redoubts on Breed's, which
unfortunately, was much more vulnerable to attack. Like those patriots, Americans
since have been confused over where the battle took place. So have the British. A
British map of Boston made after the battle shows the American forces clearly
camped on Bunkers Hill. The Americans, incidentally, lost the Battle of
Bunker Hill. After fighting off the more highly trained enemy, the patriots at last
gave up and fled, allowing the British to take the hill. British victory,
however, came at a frightening cost, more than a thousand royal troops killed or
wounded. The Americans suffered five hundred casualties.

The belief that the Pilgrim landed at Plymouth Rock rates solely on dubious
secondhand testimony given by a ninety-five year old man more than a century
after the Mayflower arrived. The statement was made in 1741 by Elder Thomas
Faunce, who based his claims on a story he had supposedly been told as a boy by
his father, who himself arrived in America three years after the Mayflower.
At any rate, the Pilgrims didn't first land at Plymouth, they landed at
Provincetown. "


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