An anonymous 19th-century engraving of Cpt. Miles Standish and his men observing the alleged 'immoral' behavior of the Maypole festivities of 1628 at Merrymount. More on the Maypole that infuriated the Puritans from the New England Historical Society. Click here.
From the essay by Ed Simon “Lord of Misrule,” Thomas Morton’s American Subversions. Republished in the Public Domain Review:
When we think of early New England, we tend to picture stern-faced Puritans and black-hatted Pilgrims, but in the same decade that these more famous settlers arrived, a man called Thomas Morton founded a very different kind of colony — a neo-pagan experiment he named Merrymount. Ed Simon explores the colony’s brief existence and the alternate vision of America it represents.
For the complete essay: Click here.