After the told adventures of Christopher Columbus and John Smith about their experiences in the Brand New World, William Bradford had decided to take on the journey to start a colony with his crew members. When the ship landed in the new world, the crew had only stayed for a few days because they were under attack by the Indians who had owned the land. When landed in a new land with less danger, the community had started to build their houses and have decided of the governors of the new land to help the people survive. To create a new living in the new world, there are going to be some conflicts to face with Nature, Groups, and the Causes.
To begin with, the conflicts of nature had set a huge impact on the journey to the new world. On their way to the new world, the journey did have downfalls on their adventure because of the cross winds and fiery storms, “… They were encountered many times with cross winds, and met with many fierce storms, with which the ship was shroudly shaken, and her upper works made very leaky… (Bradford).” which was one of the main difficulties to reach the new land. Another conflict Bradford and his men had faced was the time they landed in the new world it was the season of winter and they were surrounded by the “savages” of the land. For this reason, the English men had to build a shelter to protect the people from the weather and the savages that were hunting them, “ So they made them a barricado the height of a man, leaving it open to leeward, partly to shelter them from the cold and wind, and partly to defend them from any sudden assaults of the savages… (Bradford).” as their experience in the new world, it was Bradford had decided to sail back to find a new land even through the harsh weather of the ocean. Some of the crew sailed back to England to analyze the weapons the savages had used to fight them with, while Bradford and his crew had continued to travel to a new part in the new world.
Next, when Bradford had approached a new land when the weather had calmed down, they had faced the conflict of the different groups on the land. As travelling through the new world, there had been incidents that Bradford had been in to cause conflict with the Indians, “Reporting among other incidents the entanglement of Bradford in an Indian deep-trap made with a noose attached to a bent tree (Davis).” the Indians are still cautioned with the newcomers on the land that they were willing to trap them. However, it still did not stop Bradford to create a new town or community in the new world. As soon as the agreement with the Indians were made and the community was able to build houses and own land. The downside, when the town was settled and prosperity came through, the community had weakened. Bradford had written down from his observations the separation of the people because of profit, “… by which many were much enriched, and commodities grew plentiful; and yet in other regards this benefit turned to their hurt, and this accession of strength to their weakness (Bradford).” as money became the strength of the people, it had also hurt them to compete with one another to earn the most profit from their sales. Not only this had started to separate the community, it had also separated families to worship in the divided churches in the community. The churches had separated the fathers from the wives and children to worship at different ends of the plantation, “… but the church must also be divided, and those that had lived so long together in Christian and comfortable fellowship must now part and suffer many divisions….. those that lived on their lots on the other side of the bay they could not long bring their wives and children to the public worship and church meetings… (Bradford)” there was no clear explanation why this had occurred, but the people who scattered all over the bay had made it difficult for Bradford to handle.
However, even though there were many conflicts in the new world, there had to be causes for these types of actions to happen to the crew and Bradford on their journey. With Bradford, the consequences that had occurred throughout the journey in the ocean, is all based on the hand of God, but it was really about the time they had landed in the new world in the winter time. At the time they had arrived at land Bradford had stated the climate of the new land, “And for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent, and subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search an unknown coast (Bradford).” the season of winter is when the winds were high and the ocean had high waves that made it difficult to sail. As for the groups that were in the new world, there was a time that the community had a weakness point and the Indians had tempted to capture one of their people. The Indians had taken some prisoners of his men, but some had gotten free mentioned by Bradford, “He was taken prisoner by the Indians…. He gave them what they demanded for his liberty, but when they had got what they desired, they kept him still and endeavored to kill his men…. he was freed by seizing on some and kept them bound until they gave them a canoe load of corn (Bradford).” Bradford’s men had to fight their way out of freedom from the Indians to make it to somewhere safe.
All in all, the adventures William Bradford had experienced in the Brand New World had shaped the way the plantation had succeeded through the years. The conflicts the community had faced is what made strengths and weaknesses that needed to improve in the community. The reason for coming to the new world is to start a new revolution to have the people go to their own churches to worship and have the community expand and earn profits. There would always be conflicts in the beginning, but the only way to resolve the conflicts is to create new ideas for the plantation and hope the people abide to the rules.
Herter, Mary D. The Norton Anthology American Literature. 8th ed. Vol. 1. New York : W.W Norton & Company, 2013. Print.
Bradford, William. Of Plymouth Plantation: 1620-1647. McGraw-Hill, 1981.