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The original people of Plymouth colony did not call themselves "Pilgrims". They would not have known whom you were talking about if you called them that. They instead called themselves "Separatists". They were a specific religious group that arose out of the Church of England. The people, we call "Pilgrims" are all too frequently confused with Puritans and the stereotypical depictions of the Thanksgiving pilgrims with somber clothing and big black hats with buckles is not accurate and depicts instead the typical clothing of the Puritans who came to Plymouth colony much later. In contrast, the original inhabitants of Plymouth colony wore colorful clothing and did not have silver buckles on their hats. There are many other confusing terms relating to the original people of Plymouth colony and it important to recognize the impact of "What's in Name", especially in regard to our children's education about the history of the United States.
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