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Mastiffs, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving

Nathaniel Philbrick’s compelling story of the first English settlers to New England starts out, “For sixty-five days, the Mayflower had blundered her way through storms and headwinds, her bottom a shaggy pelt of seaweed and barnacles, her leaky decks spewing salt water onto her passengers’ devoted heads. There were 102 of the them—104, if you