For thousands of years two distinct cultures evolved unaware of one another’s existence. Separated by what one culture called The Great Sea and known to the other as the Atlantic Ocean, the course of each culture’s future changed irreversibly four hundred years ago. In 1620 the Mayflower delivered 102 refugees and fortune seekers from England to Cape Cod, where these two cultures first encountered one another. The English sought religious freedom and fresh financial opportunities. The Natives were recovering from the Great Dying of the past several years that left over two-thirds of their people in graves. How would they react to one another? How might their experience shape modern cross-cultural encounters?
Kathryn Haueisen combines her degree in journalism and her career as a pastor to write about good people doing great things for our global village. A descendant of two of the Mayflower passengers and grandmother to three young people with Native American heritage, she spent several years researching the background of what happened when the English met the Pokanoket people. The result is her debut historical fiction account of events on both sides of the Atlantic that led to founding Plimoth Plantation in 1620. In addition to working with congregations around the country, she’s published five previous books and dozens of articles in such publications as Writer’s Digest, Marriage & Family Living, House Beautiful, Highlights for Children, Camping Journal, and a variety of faith-based and regional publications. Her weekly blogs at www.howwisethen.com, highlight historical and modern people who contribute to the common good.