Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Longfellow uses the region’s rugged coastline to establish a feeling of finality among Plymouth’s colonists. The rocks, especially famous Plymouth Rock, represent both stability and hope for John Alden.
Wheat field. Longfellow’s use of this field is a constant reminder of the danger posed by local Native Americans. In early 1621 the field was planted over the graves of settlers who had died during the winter, supposedly so that the Indians would not know how many English settlers had perished. This dead reportedly included Rose Standish, the wife of Miles Standish, and most of the family of Priscilla Mullins.