Stephen Hopkins, Mayflower passenger 1620. The only Mayflower passenger who had previously been to the New World, including surviving a shipwreck in Bermuda and working from 1610–14 in Jamestown. William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is believed to be based upon his Bermuda shipwreck incident. The first formal meeting with the Indians was held at Hopkins’ house and he was called upon to participate in early Pilgrim visits with the Indian leader Massasoit. Generation 13 on family tree.
An article about future Mayflower Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins being shipwrecked in Bermuda in 1609, published in the Boston Herald newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 16 June 1957. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “New Discovery about Mayflower Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/new-discovery-about-mayflower-pilgrim-stephen-hopkins.html
Stephen Hopkins, Surveyor, Astronomer, and Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Letter-Winslow 1621 This letter is the only eyewitness description that mentions the Thanksgiving celebration in Plimoth. For an interactive look at the same letter, click on the link below, which leads to the website of Plimouth Plantation, http://www.plimoth.org/media/olc/source.html